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Join Us in Thanking the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic Team!

September 6, 2012

Located in New York City at The Dorothy Ross Friedman Residences (formerly The Aurora), The Actors Fund’s Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic provides free health care to uninsured and underinsured documented entertainment industry professionals between the ages of 18 to 64. Its clients, who come from all corners of the entertainment industry, are grateful to receive the amazing care given to them by Medical Director Dr. James Spears, the rest of the team at the Clinic, and the incredible roster of Broadway Docs, who volunteer their time to offer free services when needed.

The Clinic has positively impacted the lives of so many people, and we are moved when we hear from people like Kathleen Spock, who’s visit with Dr. Spears changed her life and has helped her stay healthy. Kathleen’s taken the time to share her story with us, to tell us why she believes the Clinic is such an incredibly important resource, and to encourage all of you to send the fabulous team at the Hirschfeld Clinic a thank-you note.

I call Dr. Spears “my angel in heaven.”  He was there when I needed him most – and I can tell you with certainty, not a finer man walks this earth.

Now, I’d like to be there for Dr. Spears and his staff and thank them for the amazing work they do every day.  And, I hope you will help.

A few weeks before I met Dr. Spears, I had so much trouble breathing I found myself in the ER overnight. I didn’t know what was wrong and I was terrified.  Trust me – when you can’t breathe, your whole world stops.

But, the huge bill I ended up with was even scarier, not to mention a misdiagnosis of a “sore throat!”  Not long after that, I had so much trouble breathing, I couldn’t even finish my shift at the theater.  Finally, a stagehand took me to The Actors Fund’s Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic during the show’s intermission.

Dr. Spears, the Clinic’s Medical Director, diagnosed me with severe asthma right away.  Who knew?  Well, Dr. Spears did!  And to this day, the Clinic still helps provide medication critical to controlling my asthma.

Every year, The Actors Fund provides free care to more than 1,300 un- or under-insured people  in the performing arts through the Clinic (and nearly 3,000 free visits for our community).

So, I humbly ask that you take a moment to sign a “thank you” note to Dr. Spears and his dedicated staff.  They do so much for our community—we owe it to them to make sure they know how much they are appreciated!

Your appreciation of the hard-working team at the Clinic is a great way to keep the arts vibrant.  By recognizing Dr. Spears’ efforts, all of us who are uninsured – actors, technicians, dancers, singers, set designers, ushers and all the rest – stay healthy, strong and able to work!

Thank you again for being part of The Actors Fund family.  Your loyal support literally keeps the people in the performing arts and entertainment healthy!


Kathleen Spock

Join The Actors Fund to help keep our community healthy! You’ll get access to the best seats in the house, receive our Marquee newsletter (which includes reports on how your donations help our community), plus the latest on our exciting events. In New York, call Judy Fish at 212.221.7300 ext. 127 or email jfish@actorsfund.org. In Los Angeles, call Meg Thomas at 323.933.9244 ext. 434 or email mthomas@actorsfund.org.


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