Embracing the Vision
Kris Love, Madonna Foundation Board Member
Kris Love, vice chair on the Madonna Foundation Board, shares the story of her first visit to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals as it brought tears to her eyes realizing “what a very special place Madonna is to so many people, of all ages, in some of their greatest times of need.”
A friend of hers recently recovered at Madonna following a stroke. He really wanted to continue his outpatient therapy after discharge but lived 120 miles away. So, he improvised by parking his camper in the Madonna parking lot, which allowed him to spend another two months in outpatient rehabilitation.
Kris shared that “When I first saw him after his stroke, he was using a wheelchair. Recently, he came into my office, walking without assistance. He said ‘If I ever won the lottery, Madonna would be the first place I would share it with.’”
“Madonna is a forward-thinking organization that continually pushes research and development. There are so many stories of triumph over tragedy. I am honored to have a seat on the Board to do whatever I can to help further the vision,” according to Kris.
Q&A with Kris
- What was your first experience with or exposure to Madonna?
The first time I entered Madonna’s doors, I was there for work. I took a tour of the facility and the last stop was the pediatric unit. I walked out with tears running down my face and realized what a very special place Madonna is to so many people, of all ages, in some of their greatest times of need.
- What is most inspiring about Madonna?
The facilities are unbelievable but the giving, caring staff members are what truly make Madonna what it is. Those people give of themselves physically and emotionally every day and truly celebrate with their patients as they achieve victories large and small.
- When a friend asks you why you accepted a board position with the Madonna Foundation, what do you say?
If there were ever a time where my family or friends needed rehabilitation care, I would hope they would be blessed to be in the hands of Madonna. There are so many stories of triumph over tragedy and I am honored to have a seat on the Board to do whatever I can to help further the vision.
- What interests/excites you most about the future of Madonna?
Madonna continues to be forward thinking and pushes research and development within their very own walls. I look forward to hearing more stories of how patients have gained their independence back through innovative care at Madonna.
- Do you have any final thoughts?
I recently had a friend who spent time at Madonna following a stroke. After being released from Madonna to return to his home 120 miles away, he parked his camper in the parking lot and spent another two months in outpatient rehabilitation. I watched him come in our door shortly after his stroke, in a wheelchair. He recently came into my office, walking in unassisted. His comment to me was, “if I ever won the lottery, Madonna would be the first place I share it with”.