On May 1, 2018 Visiting Nurses Foundation and Assured Home Health & Hospice Foundation awarded a 2000Astro Van retrofitted with lift and power chair to Stacey Gravatt of Olympia, Washington. Gravatt applied for the van and power chair to assist her 20-year-old daughter Madison –Maddy– who has complications from Rhett Syndrome. The van and power chair will improve the quality of life for both daughter and mother, who is also her daughter’s primary care giver.

Gravatt expressed gratitude to the Foundation and the anonymous donor. “This van is life changing for Madison and for our whole family! …[she] is a very happy child despite her diagnosis. She loves going out to the farmers market, skating rink, being pushed in her chair and movies. This gift will be used for outings with Maddy, frequent doctors’ appointments in Seattle and picking up Maddy from school.”

The Foundation graciously accepted an anonymous donation of a 2000 Astro Van with a lift and power chair in August 2017 to give to a deserving family. The gently used van has 56,000 miles and the wheelchair and lift can be used by an individual up to 400 lbs.

“Making a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation or including the Foundation in estate planning is a powerful way to support the Visiting Nurses Foundation and families like the Gravatts.” said Jenny Collins, Executive Director. For more information about donating to the foundation, please call 360-623-1560.

Visiting Nurses Foundation’s mission is to create funding for education and assistance of home health and hospice patients and their families. The Lewis County-based foundation now serves eight counties. Donations to Visiting Nurses Foundation go directly to patient care or equipment; administrative costs are covered by the foundation’s thrift stores.

News Release 5/15/2018

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