It’s been a whirlwind of a week around here!
On Tuesday, May 6, Mary was invited to attend a Tea at the Four Season in Atlanta by Logan Vaughn, a Financial Planner with Edward Jones. I met Logan at a senior networking event a couple of months ago and she took an interest in our foundation. Her goal was for me to meet people from her financial world that would take an interest in what we are doing. She had invited a select group of 12 women and I was privileged to be one of them! As you can imagine, it was a treat to be sitting at the Four Seasons, late morning on a Tuesday, sipping tea and munching on….. NO KIDDING! I heard a presentation on financial planning that was extremely interesting. But more importantly, I was able to meet all of these new people and share our foundation’s story. THANK YOU, LOGAN!
As our foundation continues to grow and as we continue trying to get our message out there, it has occurred to everyone on our board of directors, and especially to Mary, that we are in a very exclusive niche within the non-profit sector. Being “exclusive” sounds great in some ways, but the truth of the matter is, we need to find something that will tug on the heart strings of people.
The old saying,”if you knew what I knew” applies here. Because we entered into the world of transplants in a very, very personal way, and because our experience ended in the worse possible way with the loss of Jeff, we truly have a heart for the people getting transplants, and even more we have a heart for the care givers. Mary’s passion lies with the care givers because she has walked in their shoes.
SO….in the middle of the night, as is almost always the case, an idea came to Mary. She got up and began working on it immediately. Who needs sleep, right??!!
I want to do a video that expresses what the care givers’ thoughts are; the things that go through their minds as they live through the transplant experience. The patient is being taken care of by a team of doctors, social workers, nurses, and every other medical category you can think of. The care giver is mostly ALONE. So I contacted a guy that went to high school with Brad who is in the video-making business. We are going to meet for coffee next week to discuss my ideas. I can’t wait to hear what Billy Hong has to say about what is rolling around in my head.
Our very first patient, Will, was officially released from Emory on January 23rd and headed home to his family near Savannah. Will lived in Apartment #1 for almost 7 months! We are so happy that he has recovered to this point and our prayer is for a long, healthly life for him.
On January 29th, we got a call from Piedmont that they had a liver transplant patient and his care giver that needed a place to live. Mary drove down to the apartment on that very day to turn over the keys to the care giver, Laura. She was so appreciative because, as she said, she had been worrying about where they would live because of financial issues (this is ALWAYS the problem for our residents). When Mary was talking to her, she said this….”I have a 7-month-old grandbaby and now he can visit!” As a grandma, Mary understood that comment. The Evans family believes that, as much as the apartments give peace, comfort and financial easing, they also keep the family together. NOTHING makes us happier. The patient, Bill, should be released from the hospital to the apartment in a couple of days to begin his healing journey. Welcome to Laura and Bill!