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Philanthropy helps patient connect with the world

December 13, 2016

LINCOLN, Nebraska (MADONNA)--When Madonna patient Kathy Steever was asked about her number one recovery goal, she replied: “To connect with the world.” The Lennox, South Dakota, woman relies solely on her voice to direct all of her activities after surviving a workplace shooting that left her with a traumatic brain injury and paralysis.

To help her reach her goal, Kathy’s Madonna occupational therapy team got to work on a solution. For less than $250 from Madonna’s St. Benedict Fund, therapists arranged for a specialized wheelchair phone mount, a $25 iTunes gift card to download an app, an external battery charger and the Harmony Home Automation system that helps connect all of Kathy’s devices. 

This equipment works together to allow Kathy to control her devices and her environment from her television. Kathy gained a critical level of independence thanks to Madonna’s St. Benedict Fund, which provides patients emergency financial assistance for basic needs such as medical equipment, food, clothing, rent, housing, utilities or gas.

Over the last three years, the donor-supported St. Benedict Fund has funded 554 requests worth $92,661. Donations to the St. Benedict Fund provide critical, immediate assistance that makes a world of difference. 

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