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Vol. LXIII, No. 6
March 18, 2011

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Special Love Celebrates R&W President Schools with Gala Fundraiser
Dr. William G. Coleman, Jr.

On Feb. 5, Special Love Inc. honored R&W President Randy Schools for over a quarter century of service at its gala “Fly Me to the Moon—An Evening of Special Love for Children with Cancer.” More than 200 people attended the event, including friends, family and colleagues.

Schools helped launch Special Love, which sponsors Camp Fantastic every summer for kids with cancer, in 1983 and has been active ever since. The event raised more than $80,000 to fund the charity’s programs for mid-Atlantic children with cancer and their families.

In his acceptance of the award, Schools said, “Love is what life’s all about—spreading love and doing whatever we can to help other people and make their lives a little easier.”

Presenting the award, Special Love CEO Dave Smith described Schools as “a true unsung hero in the community.” Smith said he was surprised Special Love had gotten to Schools first. “Randy is involved in so many worthwhile Montgomery County charities and organizations and I know all of them will agree that he deserves all the praise we can give him.”

In addition to his work as R&W president, a post he has held since 1977, Schools has had leadership positions with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Montgomery, Children’s Inn at NIH, Friends of the Clinical Center, Bethesda Big Train and numerous other organizations.

“Randy’s roles at Special Love have included just about everything,” Smith said. “He started out as a camp counselor at Camp Fantastic teaching swimming and went on to be board president, fundraising chair, public relations representative and just about every other job you could think of.”

Special Love sponsors two week-long camps, Camp Fantastic for young cancer patients and BRASS Camp for their siblings. It also hosts weekend camps for families, teens and young adults as well as day trips to the circus and local sporting events. Special Love also provides financial assistance in the form of emergency grants and college scholarships. For more information, visit NIHRecord Icon

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