Trudi Rosenfeld says it’s hard to articulate to someone who has never been to Craig Hospital or has never known someone who has been through the program why Craig is so special. But that didn’t stop her from trying.
In spring 2014, Trudi established “The Marty Fund” as part of the Craig Hospital Patient Assistance Fund in memory of her husband, Dr. Martin Rosenfeld. She sent a letter to friends telling them about Marty, the massive injury that left him a quadriplegic in 2009, the amazing care he received at Craig Hospital for five months in 2010, and their family’s desire to give back.
More than half of the patients that come to Craig Hospital each year need financial help to purchase adaptive equipment, remodel their homes for accessibility, train caregivers and to pay their Mortgages and other expenses. As Trudi described it in her letter, the fund allows patients to “live with their new normal.”
Despite the devastating circumstances that bring patients to Craig Hospital, Trudi recalls being struck by the overall positivity of staff and patients alike. “If a certain treatment didn’t work, they tried something different until they exhausted every possible idea to help the patient. The work was hard, the healing was strenuous, but Marty pushed through,” she says.
Their stay at Craig was like staying with family as Marty and other patients worked to regain what they had lost or learned how to cope without. Trudi told friends that Marty’s injury did not take away his generous heart, strong mind, true faith and ready hands that were willing to help out whenever and wherever possible.
“Marty had an amazing spirit and a bright, shining, contagious love. As an orthopedic surgeon, he spent his life doing for and healing others. It was Marty’s fondest wish to be able to make a gift to Craig with funds that would help others,” she says.
One of Marty’s counselors described him as the “hub of the family’s wheel.” Marty died Nov. 24, 2010, and now Trudi says The Marty Fund has become the Rosenfeld family’s new hub.
“When friends donate to the fund, they help us carry on Marty’s passion, his memory, his teachings, and his love for the future. His spirit is alive in the fund,” Trudi says.