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Rich and Victoria Parsons

My faith led me to Craig. As a transplant to Colorado in 1989, I had heard about Craig in a news story. It was in 2002 that I felt that God was nudging me and telling me that this was a place I should check out. I made some calls and began volunteering for the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments.

One day when I was attending an outing with Craig, a patient broke down and confided that he didn’t know how he could possibly pay for the equipment he would need when he went home. I thought about it, talked with my wife, Victoria, and realized that I could do more for patients like him.

In consultation with then-CEO Denny O’Malley and then-Craig Foundation Director Barb Page, I began to study the feasibility of raising money specifically to provide durable medical equipment to patients in need. Using my background in sales and marketing, I launched an extensive outreach campaign, and in conjunction with Denny and Barb, we raised more than $500,000 for the fund in 2004, the fund’s first full year in existence. We dubbed it “Project EQL: Equipment for a Quality Life.” In the years since then, the fund has helped hundreds of patients. 

Victoria and I are honored to be able to “pay it forward” in support of Craig, including leaving a portion of our estate to the hospital through our membership in the Frank Craig Society. We have found that in philanthropy, the person who is doing the giving gets the majority of the benefits. We feel grateful knowing that we are able to help people in need.