n 2008, Lynn Nguyen’s son Brian spent two months at Craig Hospital rehabilitating from a motorcycle accident. Impressed by the care that he received, she started a residential cleaning business to give back to Craig through her proceeds.
Brian was 21 when he sustained his spinal cord injury. He was diagnosed as a T4 Asia-A Complete Paraplegic and transferred to Craig Hospital following surgery and a month spent at Denver Health Medical Center.
“We didn’t know what to expect once we left the hospital but as soon as Brian was a patient at Craig Hospital, our worries melted away,” says Nguyen. “The staff was extremely caring, helpful and were firm with Brian, which I felt played a big part in his recovery and healing.”
ccording to Nguyen, Brian experienced many frustrating and sad moments during his recovery, but the staff handled everything very seamlessly. “They knew how to tune in to what he was feeling and be the support he needed during the time,” she says.
After leaving Craig, Brian Nguyen returned to school and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is now an entrepreneur with his own business developing products for the disabled wheelchair community, including the sciLeash, a hands-free pet leash for manual wheelchairs.
Nguyen started Exquisite Home Cleaning (xHC) in May 2011 to complement her fulltime position as a night accountant at a Denver-area bank.
“The cleaning business is a way for me to supplement my income while also allowing me the opportunity to contribute a portion of those earnings to Craig Hospital,” she says.
Her company offers full home cleaning services in northern Denver and the surrounding suburbs. She is the primary cleaner, and is assisted occasionally by her sister. Brian Nguyen helps her with clerical tasks and scheduling.
She originally planned to donate a portion of her net income once a year to the Craig Hospital Foundation. But as her business has grown, she has been able to donate 10 percent of her proceeds quarterly. She is pleased to be able to help other patients like her son.
“When I think of Craig, I think of a place of hope and strength,” she says. “My customers are helping Craig patients start their journey back to independence”