Sherine Talaat, MD, PhD, has been busy building her Internal Medicine practice at RiverView Health in Crookston and East Grand Forks. Along the way she’s established many relationships with patients and recently benefitted the Crookston Special Olympics organization with a donation given by RiverView Health on her behalf.

    “I have the highest respect for our children with special needs and their families,’’ she shared. “They work very hard and, often, in silence. They deserve our support and appreciation. My RiverView-sponsored donation is my way of trying to shed some light on the noteworthy efforts of this inspirational group.’’

    Jeff Durbin is the volunteer basketball coach and treasurer for the Crookston Olympians and said support by community members like Dr. Talaat and the generosity of organizations like RiverView are what keep the local team going.

    “We really want to thank Dr. Talaat and RiverView Health for this donation,’’ he stated. “We’ve been so fortunate to have caring people like Dr. Talaat support our athletes and their efforts to live full, healthy lives.’’

    Durbin said the donation will be used for a variety of items, including equipment and practice facility rental.

    Crookston’s Special Olympics delegation has offered a variety of state-sanctioned sports over the years. Currently, the group participates in basketball, bowling, athletics (track and field) and bocce ball. New members are always welcome.

    For more information on Crookston’s Special Olympics delegation, contact Volunteer Coordinator Kim Hassel at 218-277-0399. To make an appointment with Dr. Sherine Talaat, call RiverView’s North Clinic at 281-9595.