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                                               CommunItY efforts

      Keep Martin Beautiful                                 Spearheaded globally by the Ocean
      Encourages Residents To                            Conservancy, the International Coastal   What Volunteers Need To Know
                                                                                                  • The International Coastal Cleanup targets beaches, waterways, and
                                                         Cleanup has had a significant impact in
      Join The International                             the 35-plus years since its inception. Since   parks throughout Martin County.
                                                         1986, the event has inspired over 17 million
                                                                                                  • Preregistration is required to ensure volunteers are assigned to
      Coastal Cleanup Locally                            volunteers to take action and collect more   areas most in need.
                                                         than 348 million pounds of trash from    • An app is available to track the litter from the cleanup. The unique
         As the end of summer approaches, Keep Martin    around the world. Just last year, hundreds   data-gathering feature of this cleanup records every piece of litter
      Beautiful, a local environmental, volunteer-based   of thousands of volunteers from over 150   collected.
      nonprofit,  looks  ahead  to  one  of  the  largest  and  most   countries participated. This is an incredible   • Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes.
      impactful events of the year: the International Coastal   opportunity for those in our local area to be   • Participants will be provided with cleanup supplies and a T-shirt
      Cleanup. With Keep Martin Beautiful serving as the local   a part of this global movement.  (while supplies last).
      coordinator, Martin County residents have participated in      “Our waterways are the lifeblood of
      this unique, global event for more than 25 years. Volunteers   our community, and our volunteers are the heart of our   community organization founded in 1994 as an affiliate
      from around the world unite to remove litter and marine   organization. It’s their energy and commitment to the   of Keep America Beautiful. Its mission is to preserve and
      debris from shorelines and waterways. This year’s cleanup   International Coastal Cleanup that makes such a tangible   enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter
      will take place at beaches and waterways throughout   difference in our community,” explained Keep Martin   prevention, the promotion of recycling, improvement of
      Martin County on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 8 to 11 a.m.   Beautiful Executive Director Tiffany Kincaid. “We are so   solid waste management practices, and beautification and
                                                         thankful for the hard work put forward by our residents   community revitalization activities. KMB signature events
                                                         to create a more beautiful environment and county.”  and programs include the Environmental Stewardship
                                                            Volunteers must preregister online so event coordinators   Awards, the International Coastal Cleanup, the Great
                                                         can monitor site distribution and prepare supplies prior   American Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Street
                                                         to the event. To ensure their cleanup efforts are fully   programs, as well as other educational and outreach
                                                         recognized, our volunteers are encouraged to download   activities.  Find KMB on Facebook  at
                                                         and use the CleanSwell  app. This user-friendly app   KeepMartinBeautiful, follow KMB on Twitter at twitter.
                                                         allows volunteers to easily track the litter they collect   com/KMBmartin, visit or call
                                                         and report it to the global database. The numbers from the   (772) 781-1222.
                                                         app are used by scientists and professionals from Ocean
                                                         Conservancy to analyze patterns across the world.
                                                            The International  Coastal Cleanup  is also a  great
                                                         opportunity for environmentally minded businesses and
                                                         other supporters to show their commitment to our natural
                                                         environment and our community. Sponsors receive
                                                         significant exposure through our social media platforms,
                                                         digital marketing and promotion of the event, as well as
                                                         inclusion of their company logo on volunteer T-shirts. For
                                                         sponsorship information contact Keep Martin Beautiful
                                                         at (772) 781-1222 or
                                                            To register for the cleanup, go to keepmartinbeautiful.
      Keep Martin Beautiful International Coastal Cleanup   About Keep Martin Beautiful
      volunteers during the 2021 cleanup at Jensen Beach      Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

        A Transfer To Tampa General Hospital

        Saved A Palm Beach County Patient’s Life

          When K.C. Austin, a resident on Florida’s East    “Mr. Austin’s case is about
        Coast, was battling the Delta variant of COVID-19,  as complex as one can get. The
        he was rushed to a Palm Beach County hospital.  more eyes on complex cases, the
        Soon, he and his family were facing life-or-death  better,” said Dr. Kapilkumar Patel,
        decisions.                                       director of the Center for Advanced
          “K.C. went from playing with the kids, reading  Lung Disease and Lung Transplant
        them books, going on vacation – to not being able to  Program at TGH.
        breathe at all. It was so fast,” said Danielle Austin,    The team members who worked
        wife of Mr. Austin.                              on  Mr. Austin’s case included
          In the hospital’s intensive care unit, Mr. Austin  pulmonary specialists, critical care
        was intubated and went on a ventilator.  That  specialists, cardiothoracic surgeons,
        morning, Mr. Austin sent his wife a text message  respiratory therapists, nutritionists,
        saying that he thought he was going to die.      pharmacists, perfusionists, a
          Dr. Ahmed El-Haddad, medical director of the  hematologist, a trauma team and
        Palm Beach County hospital’s ICU, realized there  nurses at his bedside.
        was nothing more he could do. His patient needed    After eight weeks in a coma, one
        extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)  day, Mr. Austin woke up.
        equipment that takes over the breathing process    Mrs. Austin said, “I walked into
        and allows a patient’s lungs to rest. But his hospital  the room, and he said, ‘Hi.’ And I
        didn’t have it to offer.                         said, ‘Hi. Oh, my gosh. Is this for
          “Knowing that there’s something out there that can  real?’ I’m forever grateful to all the
        help your patient, and you don’t have it, is torture,”  teams for realizing, from a human
        he said.                                         perspective, that this is a young guy
          El-Haddad’s team urgently searched for a hospital  with a wife and young children. We
        that offered ECMO and could also accept a patient.  have to give him a chance.”
        Mrs. Austin credits the Tampa  General Hospital    All the right decisions were made
        (TGH) Health Ambassador Program for providing  at the right time for Mr. Austin, and
        a fast, streamlined transfer process.            that continuum of care is why he is
          Mr. Austin arrived at TGH in critical condition,  alive today. To learn more about the
        and as he encountered increasing complications  TGH Health Ambassador Program
        throughout the treatment process, his condition  or to schedule a consult with one of   K.C. Austin and his family enjoyed some much needed time away after
        was life-threatening.  TGH had to deploy a  our physicians, call (561) 644-0125.  his recovery.
        multidisciplinary approach.
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