You are invited to help shape the futures of people who have been impacted by catastrophic injuries.
In 2021, Todd Mercier sustained a spinal cord injury from a T10 burst fracture that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Following his injury, Todd received exceptional inpatient care and continued outpatient rehabilitation at Craig Hospital.
The Mercier family was overwhelmed by the attention, love, and support Todd received from day one by his staff at Craig. Todd is one of the thousands touched by the doctors, nurses, and specialized therapists who have dedicated themselves to helping people live full and meaningful lives following spinal cord or brain juries.
In recognition of Todd's continued dedication to his recovery post-injury, and to help individuals who have sustained similar injuries, Todd and his wife Katie have established Mercier's Mission Fund with the Craig Hospital Foundation.
Spending time at Craig Hospital opened our eyes to so many avenues of need in this community. Being unable to walk is only one aspect of the many challenges that people who have sustained a spinal cord injury face daily. We plan to support this community in becoming independent and help them travel down their new path in life with as much dignity and support as they need in this unexpected journey.Todd and Katie Mercier
About Craig Hospital
Craig Hospital is a world-renowned hospital and research center specialized in the care of people who have sustained a spinal cord and/or a brain injury. Located in Englewood, Colo., Craig is a 93-bed, private, nonprofit care facility providing a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term follow-up services. Half of Craig's patients come from outside of Colorado. Craig has been ranked as a top-10 rehabilitation center by U.S. News & World Report for more than 30 years.
About the Fund
While at Craig, Todd and Katie discovered that insurance does not always cover the equipment and supplies needed at home to help patients achieve an independent lifestyle. Many face the challenge of not being able to afford the most basic daily supplies and equipment that allow them to perform their daily tasks, such as going to the bathroom on their own and taking a shower independently and safely without assistance from a caregiver.
Mercier’s Mission Fund will provide financial support for Project EQL (Equipment for Quality of Life).
This donor-supported Craig Foundation fund ensures that every Craig patient returns home with the fundamental adaptive equipment needed to maximize overall function, health, and life quality, regardless of the patient’s financial or insurance status.
From the time of admission, Craig's patient care teams are thinking ahead about the adaptive equipment that patients and their families will need at discharge. In recent years, the cost of durable medical equipment like wheelchairs, hospital beds, lifts, and bathroom accessibility equipment has increased, even as insurance coverage for these items has contracted. For those with catastrophic injuries, the consequences are profound, as these items are essential for life quality and independence.
When Craig’s clinical care managers discover that a patient’s insurance, family resources, and other funding options are inadequate to cover the cost of needed equipment, Project EQL bridges the gap.
Ultimately we hope receiving support from the Mercier's Mission Fund will provide recipients with a positive mindset that 'this new road we travel may be challenging, but we've got this!'Todd Mercier
How You Can Help
We need your help to raise a minimum of $25,000 for the fund within one year.* A gift to the Mercier's Mission Fund recognizes and honors Todd while giving patients the help they need to thrive post-injury.
Gifts can be made online through the form below. You can also give a gift of stock or give through a wire transfer. Please call 303-789-8650 for transfer instructions.
If you have questions about the Mercier's Mission fund, you can contact Kelly Stangel-Martin, director of philanthropy, at Kstangelfirstname.lastname@example.org or 303-789-8903.
The Craig Hospital Foundation (tax ID #23-7352287) is a private, nonprofit corporation and is a qualified charitable organization under section 501(C) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with state and federal regulations. Consult your financial planner or tax advisor to determine the exact tax advantages of any gift you are considering.
*Should the Fund not reach the $25,000 fund establishment minimum by within one year, the gifts that have been collected will be distributed to patients via the Project EQL fund and the Mercier's Mission Fund will be dissolved.