The Marty Fund
"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." --Christopher Reeve
It seemed only fitting to begin this note with a quote from Christopher Reeve, a man who lived with a spinal cord injury. Most of us know him as Superman.
For my family and me, Marty was our Superman.
On December 14, 2009, Marty suffered a massive injury that left him a quadriplegic. Before his injury, he had a generous heart, a strong mind, true faith, and ready hands willing to help out whenever and wherever possible. His injury did not take away these qualities. In fact, it only made them stronger. He continued to have a compassionate heart, a smile in his eyes, and a wit in his humor.
As I said, Superman.
His strength and courage became even more present as Marty and I spent five amazing months at Craig Hospital. Craig's motivation rings true in the motto we became so fond of during our stay: Redefining Possible for People with Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries. While there, we witnessed many real life miracles. Patients and families worked to discover their "new normal," sometimes regaining what they had lost, sometimes learning how to cope without.
It is hard to articulate to someone who has never been to Craig, or never known someone who has been through their program, why this place is so special. Those who have been there, whether as a patient or family member, truly become part of the Craig family...a family who laughs together, cries together, lifts each other up, and pushes each other forward. Through this donation, you will become part of the Craig family.
After being at Craig, we realized the need and were driven to give back. It was Marty’s fondest wish to make a gift that would help other patients and families who survived catastrophic injuries.
In 2014 his wish of the “Marty Fund” came true. This fund, one of the funds in Craig’s Patient Assistance efforts, allows patients to live their new normal through therapy, help with expenses and equipment, and continued support during their stay and after they go home.
Recently, The Marty Fund has helped:
*provided mortgage assistance to ensure stability to the family of a 30-year-old patient and father of two as he strived to return to work following a spinal cord injury.
*support Chinese interpretation services to family members as they received training to care for their 27-year-old son who will be residing with them after discharge.
*purchase one month of urology supplies while a TBI patient’s Medicaid application was pending.
*pay an overdue energy bill that ensured a 59-year old patient could discharge home to a safe environment with working utilities.
To those of you have donated in the past, thank you. This would have not happened without YOU.
We must not be silent. In a blink of an eye, a beat of the heart, a life can change. No one is immune to tragedy. We were blessed, in the way of our tragedy, to have become part of the Craig Family.
Please help us carry on Marty’s passion, his memory, his spirit, and his love for the future. His spirit is alive in the fund. In his honor, we can help those who need the miracles. The Craig family makes a difference in so many ways, but only with your support. The heroes of Craig deserve it.
If you would like to know more about our story, please visit the blog our daughter started immediately following Marty’s injury. www.dsmbones.blogspot.com
If you would like to carry on Marty’s dream, simply click on the "donate now" button at the top of this page. If you would rather donate through cash or check, please send your donation directly to Craig Hospital and include a note to allocate your gift to The Marty Fund:
Craig Hospital Foundation
3425 S Clarkson Street
Englewood, CO 80113
Please let the foundation know if you would like your gift to remain anonymous.
If your employer matches donations, please consider applying to match the gift you make to The Marty Fund!
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