Eric Fraint was a patient at Magee in 2017 after doctors diagnosed him with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks the lining of the peripheral nervous system. During his recovery, he spent time as an inpatient, attended the Day Rehab program and continued with outpatient therapy. All of this helped Eric return to work and an active lifestyle, while providing him with a different perspective on the value of every day.
Over the years, Eric had served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations, so he was intrigued when asked if he would consider joining the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Board. This board, composed of 18 volunteers, works to raise and manage funds that support Magee’s many programs and services that are not covered by insurance. After a few lunch meetings and doing a lot of homework on his own, Eric was elected to the Board in August of 2018. He is one of five former patients currently serving on the Board.
While he’s still learning about the Board and the different ways he can support Magee through his service, Eric and his wife, Kathryn, have already made an impact through their generous contributions. Together, they created and give through the Eric and Kathryn Fraint Charitable Fund. Their first major gift to Magee supported the Staff Excellence Fund, which supports continuing education for staff. The next aided both the Music Therapy Program and the Spiritual Care Program.
“In his first year on the board, Eric is asking great questions,” Foundation Board Chairman Bill Conrad says. “His experience in finance and accounting and the perspective he provides as a former patient are incredibly valuable as we plan for the future.”
“As a former patient, I remain very emotionally attached to Magee,” Eric says. I understand what goes on within the walls of our buildings and realize how important it is for this work to continue and constantly get better. Because of this, I am happy to be able to contribute in any way I can.”
If you would like to learn about how you can organize your family and friends to raise needed funds for programs or services that support Magee patients, please contact the Magee Development Department at Giving@MageeRehab.org or 215-587-3090.