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Here’s how Agrace lights up the lives of our patients and clients—and how you can, too.
When you donate to Agrace, you help us provide more than basic care. You help us make our support more personal and meaningful for each patient, client and family we serve.
Making a tax-deductible gift to Agrace is a simple way to “Light Up a Life” in 2022. Any amount you give will help us reach our goal!
“He had to sell his dream car to get the ring,” their daughter, Erica Gallagher, explains. “My dad always said, ‘When you take those vows—you take them seriously.”
And he did.
A teacher and avid runner, Cathie had several unexplained falls while running in the mid 1970s before her own research led her to conclude she had the disabling nervous-system disease multiple sclerosis (MS). After her self-diagnosis was confirmed in 1989, Cathie was determined to complete her Ph.D., keep working and travel with Ric.
For 30 years, Ric was Cathie’s main caregiver as she lived with the effects of MS. When the two retired, they loved to spend time with their grandchildren—and support Agrace: Cathie visited hospice patients and Ric helped organize Agrace’s annual golf fundraiser in Madison.
Cathie’s goal was to stay in her home as the MS progressed. But as her mobility worsened, she needed extra help with personal care. Erica remembers, “When Age at Home became available from Agrace, it was a big sigh of relief. We knew that if Agrace was getting behind something like this, we were going to get quality, reliable care.”
Eventually, Cathie also enrolled in Agrace Hospice Care. Near the end of her life, she came to Agrace’s Madison inpatient unit for acute care. “She said it felt like home,” Erica notes. “We felt so supported and so lucky that we could go there—and just visit—and know they were taking care of everything she required to die peacefully and with dignity.”
“We would stand vigil throughout the day and were just so exhausted, emotionally and physically. The staff made it OK to go home—take care of yourself, just be there with your family.”
Cathie died peacefully in February. Needing someone to talk with, Ric sought grief support from Agrace. Just three months later, on Cathie’s 75th birthday, Ric spent a beautiful day with family, then went to sleep … and joined his soulmate.
Erica notes, “We all learned so much from him, and the most important lesson is that true love never ends.”
Your tax-deductible gift to Agrace helps people like Ric and Cathie live with dignity and create their legacy.
Help us continue to bring personalized care and support to people across southern Wisconsin, for life’s changing health care needs.