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Cross Battles Childhood Hunger, Dennis Quaid Update

Cross Battles Childhood HungerLet’s face it, no matter what negatives there are out there about celebrities and the way they behave, there are some that have big hearts. Judging by the latest Internet reports, Marcia Cross is one such person who uses her celebrity to make a difference in people’s lives.

The Desperate Housewives actress is partnering with the Feeding of America organization to combat children’s hunger. The effort is named Mott’s Wake Up Call. Cross has revealed that it was becoming a mother herself that led her to support this worthy cause. She was quoted as saying, “It’s a really painful thing to think about a child being hungry, but now as a mother, to imagine my own children hungry is unfathomable in this day and age.”

I empathize with Cross. Most of us dread hearing stories of children being hurt or abused in any way, but for many of us, when we become parents, the pain we feel becomes even more acute somehow. Hopefully the work that Cross is doing with this organization will inspire others to get involved, especially in these trying economic times.

Cross, who is a spokesperson for Mott’s, also revealed that she teaches her twin daughters to eat healthy. “I keep them away from junk food. They don’t know about cookies yet so everything they eat is healthy…” she said. I wish it was that easy for all of us, but the best we can do is keep trying. I hope that the efforts of Cross and the Feeding of America organization will produce great results. It always pays to protect and nurture the most vulnerable among us.

Dennis QuaidTalking about the most vulnerable among us, reminds me of babies and children in hospital. In particular, issues of children getting the wrong medication as happened to the Quaid twins. If you’ve been following the issue of child safety in hospitals after what happened to Dennis Quaid’s twins, then keep reading. According to the latest reports a recent trip by the actor left him praising the hospital for the changes they made to their procedures.

Quaid made the visit for a taping of Oprah’s talk show, and met with Chief Nursing Officer Linda Burnes Bolton who was brought in when the incident occurred. She said the situation was “…a catalyst to find ways to prevent those errors.”

Quaid was quoted as saying, “I’d really like to applaud Cedars for what they’ve done since then; they really stepped up to the plate.” He reported that the hospital had spent more than $100 million to update their computer barcode system.

I join him in congratulating Cedars-Sinai for taking this bold and necessary step. These days so many entities try to hide from taking responsibility, and it is refreshing that this hospital is doing the right thing. I hope that hospitals around the world will follow suit.

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