The Northern Marianas Insurance Association donated two cases of PediaSure nutritional drinks to an 8-year-old girl who has been in and out of the intensive care unit at the Commonwealth Health Center.
Association president Cathy Tenorio, secretary Lisa Benavente, and treasurer Gol Corpuz presented the donation to Dora Grace A. Camacho last Sept. 28.
Corpuz, who represents Century Insurance, said in an interview that the donation is part of the community service of the group.
The Northern Marianas Insurance Association, composed of representatives and alternates of insurance companies, was founded in 1982 with the motto “Hope for the best and expect for the worst.” Since its inception, it has donated to various worthy causes including the American Red Cross, Department of Public Safety Fire Division, triathlon events, Trunk or Treat, and the Japan Tsunami.
Corpuz recounted that during their last monthly meeting, the group decided to make a small donation to Camacho, whose story has brought together community members who want to see the young patient receive her much needed medical treatment.
“We met her for the first time when we visited her room. She cannot talk but she offered a different kind of smile that can light up the room. She symbolizes hope for many indigenous children,” he told Saipan Tribune.
Corpuz said that Camacho would not be the last young beneficiary of NMIA. “We will not close our doors to any other child who needs help.
NMIA will mark its 30 years of providing insurance service to the islands by conducting education outreach to raise awareness of the importance of insurance and how the public can prepare for any type of calamity.
“We plan to reach out and provide training to schools and the insuring public so they can receive awareness and exposure of how insurance benefits the community,” said Corpuz.