Nearing the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death, a Sherman resident is hoping to give back to the people who helped him when he needed it the most.

Nearing the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death, a Sherman resident is hoping to give back to the people who helped him when he needed it the most.


Shirley Cham, of Sherman, started the Dr. Max and Shirley Cham Endowment Fund in honor of her husband who died on Nov. 23, 2012. The fund, which is being managed by Texoma Health Foundation, will be used to give scholarships to help train EMTs in the city of Sherman.


Dr. Max Cham, born in Russia in 1920, was a resident of Sherman since 1977 where he practiced anesthesiology at Medical Plaza on Gallagher Drive. In the past several years, Dr. Cham needed to call on EMTs on multiple occasions. It was their assistance that convinced Mrs. Cham to give back.


"They were so well trained," said Cham. "I can’t say enough about them. … We decided we had to do more than just thank them."


Cham started the fund with a donation of $10,000 and left the fund open for public donation.


The scholarships will be given out yearly by the Sherman Firefighters Association, said THF CEO Michelle Lemming.


The funds will be handed out to Sherman High School students who are planning on entering the EMT field, said Sherman Firefighters Association Spokesman Billy Hartfield. The initial training and certification for EMTs costs about $1,500, said Hartfield.