As the year draws to a close, we want to recognize the impact of an important partnership between our donors and employees that provide excellent care. So many of our donations come from generous benefactors in our community. Add to that number the employees who donate directly from their paycheck. That’s when the partnership comes to life and benefits our patients.
We celebrate with our Cox family and community the stories of impact their contribution of time and resources have created:
Carolyn McDonnold moved to the Ozarks to be closer to her children. She had no idea she would spend most of their time together visiting the hospital. Carolyn was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer with lesions shortly after arriving in the Ozarks. She is living on a fixed income and applied for help through the Cancer Services and Good Samaritan Funds. Carolyn received assistance and sent her thanks in a letter stating: “I am fighting to live to have more time with my family. Your gift really gave me the strength to keep fighting. Thank you for making me feel like my life is important.”
Karen Hodges was stopping at a local McDonald’s restaurant. When she got out of her car, she was suddenly slammed back into the side of it by a car that backed into her. The car pulled forward to release her and then to her surprise, backed up again and hit her a second and third time. The driver of the car hitting her then pulled away and fled. Karen had multiple broken bones and a long recovery. Karen applied for help from the Rehabilitation Fund and received support. She came in person to thank the Foundation donors. “I can’t begin to tell you all how much this help meant to me. I just had to tell you it made me feel blessed. Just really, really blessed. Thank you so much.”
Tyler Sartin was on his way home but when he didn’t arrive his mom became worried. She called his cell phone and a stranger answered. Her son was on his way to the ER. His car was in an accident and had rolled over a dozen times. Tyler had skull fractures, brain injuries and dissected arteries. He was not expected to live. Tyler’s family applied for assistance on his behalf and received a grant from the Grey Matters Fund- which supports patients with brain injuries. His mom had this to say when she personally came to thank the Foundation for it’s support: “I have insurance but when something like this hits you never realize how fast you can drain your checkbook and savings account. This gift helped us to get Tyler the care he needed. He still has some issues with his sight but he’s doing great and getting back to life. We are just so grateful for the Foundation’s help.”