Three years ago today, we lost Reggie White, the “Minister of Defense” who was one of the greatest football players of our time … a man who worked hard to help others and wanted to be remembered simply as a “Man of God.”

Sleep apnea contributed to Reggie’s premature death, and I guess you can say that if it was even partly responsible for claiming his life, any of us who have any of the symptoms of sleep apnea ought to make a point of getting evaluated.

Thanks to Reggie’s wonderful wife, Sara, we here at the Sleep Wellness Institute were able to co-found the Reggie White Sleep Disorders Research & Education Foundation. Our goals are to help all people learn about sleep disorders, regardless of their socio-economic background, and assist them to get the healthcare services they might not otherwise be able to access. To date, we have worked with Milwaukee Health Services, Inc., to hold sleep apnea screenings for inner city Milwaukeeans and to provide those who appear to have OSA with sleep studies and the CPAP treatment they need. We will soon develop a DVD presentation about sleep disorders, courtesy of a grant to the foundation from the National Football League Retired Players Association.
We do this in Reggie’s memory, and in honor of Sara and her wonderful children. Soon, we will have a foundation website available that will provide additional information about sleep disorders and the foundation, itself. It’s now under construction, but you can look for it in March at www.reggiewhitesleepdisordersfoundation.org.

Please join us in remembering Reggie.

Steve Gardner

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