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Kristin Todd, The Daniels Fund

Location, Denver, CO

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program and ethics initiative.

We have provided $3.2 million in grants to the Craig Foundation over the years to support the Redefining ROI Capital Campaign, provide durable medical equipment to patients, fund cutting-edge rehabilitation equipment, and sponsor the PUSH Gala.

We also established the Bill Daniels Neighborhood Hero Fund to help emergency services personnel being treated at Craig and their families. This fund covers expenses to reduce the hardship for families of injured U.S. military, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMTs/paramedics who need to travel to be with their loved ones while they are in treatment.

Bill Daniels was known for his generosity and his compassion for those in need. He was inspired to direct the Daniels Fund Grants Program to support programs for people with disabilities, in part because of personal experiences with disabilities within his family and his own experience as he aged. He felt people should be valued for what they could do, not what they couldn’t. Our goal for funding in the area of physical disabilities is to help people gain access to life-altering, durable equipment that increases their independence and quality of life.

Our partnership with a highly effective organization such as Craig Hospital has allowed us to help provide access to leading care and equipment to those who need it and maximize the impact of Bill’s legacy in this area.

Xcite FES System

In addition to their support of Craig patients, the Daniels Fund has provided significant support for rehabilitation equipment at Craig. These tools advance patients’ health, independence and life quality by allowing therapists to provide them with the latest in therapy modalities.

A 2017 grant of $245,000 for hospital and patient equipment allowed Craig to purchase an upgraded Ekso robotic exoskeleton that enables intensive gait training to support patients as they relearn correct step patterns and weight shifts. The upgraded Ekso offers a variable assist feature that makes exoskeleton training more applicable to the brain injury and stroke population.

With the 2017 Daniels Fund grant, Craig also purchased eight Xcite FES (functional electrical stimulation) systems for the Outpatient Clinic, NeuroRecovery Network Physical and Occupational Therapies, Physical Therapy department and the PEAK Center. FES is a physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation modality used to evoke functional movements and exercise not otherwise possible for individuals with neurological impairments. The system delivers up to 12 channels of electrical stimulation to nerves, which activate core, leg and arm muscles in sequence to promote functional movement and neuromuscular re-education. 

“We are grateful to the Daniels Fund for ensuring access to the most cutting-edge rehabilitation equipment,” says Mary Feller, executive director of the Foundation. “Their support is making it possible for every Craig graduate to resume his or her life with greater ease, independence, safety and dignity.”