Maggie Ireland was in 7 th grade when her brother Patrick was shot in the head during the mass shootings at Columbine High School in 1999.
As she watched her brother rehabilitate at Craig Hospital, she was so inspired by the care he received that she decided to pursue rehabilitation as a career.
“It was amazing being involved in this nurturing environment, and seeing his progress,” she says. “I knew I wanted to go into a helping profession.”
After graduating from CSU and the University of Colorado Health Sciences center, she came to work at Craig.
“Craig always felt like a second home, and everyone has embraced me as a family member as well as an employee.”
She’s now giving back to Craig and her high school alma mater, helping organize Craig’s participation in the ninth annual Columbine High School Run for Remembrance.
The 5K competitive run and run/walk, will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Clement Park near the high school.
The Ireland family in 2009. Patrick and his wife, Maggie (center), and their parents.
The event celebrates the memory of the 12 students and one teacher killed in the shootings at the school in 1999. Proceeds are donated to the Craig Hospital Foundation, in honor of the care Craig provided for four students, including Patrick, following the shooting. Proceeds also support the Frank DeAngelis Academic Foundation.
“The relationship between the Columbine community and Craig is important,” she says. “The Run is something Columbine can do in gratitude for the care given to Craig patients, and it’s a way for Craig to give back too.”