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Meritus Healthcare Foundation's Capital Campaign

January 29, 2011|By LINDA NORRIS | Meritus Media Relations

Local business icon Franklin R. Turner, owner of bowling and recreation businesses in the Tri-State area, has provided a half-million dollar boost to bring the Meritus Healthcare Foundation’s Capital Campaign to its $16 million goal.

“I know what good medical facilities mean to people who get sick.  Most of us at one time in our lives will go to the hospital, so I’m thankful I can do this,” Turner said.

His gift, slated to support Total Rehab Care Center at the new medical center, demonstrates a shared commitment to keeping members of the community physically active for as long as possible.

The contribution will especially support people in rehabilitation from surgery and other situations. One example is local man Cliff Anderson, a longtime Turner Lanes bowler and coach who was critically injured in 2006 and subsequently lost the use of much of his body.

“I knew I/d bowl again, but the first time I came to rehab, I had been on a stretcher for six months and couldn’t even hold a pencil,” he said.

With determination and a course of occupational and physical therapy at the Robinwood Total Rehab Care Center, Anderson surprised everyone by regaining movement of many of the parts of his body lost in the accident — even joining a bowling league at Dual Lanes for the first time in 2010.

“Mr. Turner’s donation is very fitting, because he’s done a lot for the community and for the bowlers in our community, and I know he is a good man, a good person,” Anderson said.

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