Margie Durrant fell down the stairs in her home and was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital, where she had surgery for a brain injury. Margie was treated in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre. She returned home for a short time but passed away in February 2014 at age 68.
Margie cared deeply for others and this extended beyond her family members and friends. This showed in her choice to become a social worker, and even as a patient while at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre. When Margie met a young man who did not have close family members involved in his care, she wanted to help him cover the costs of needed equipment.
This was the inspiration for the Margaret Louise Durrant Memorial Fund, which her husband Dennis set up with a $25,000 donation. The fund will help ABI patients and their families to purchase items they need but can’t afford, such as wheelchairs or adaptive equipment for when they return home. It may also support social activities, such as dining out with family or for travel costs for family members visiting from out of town.
Also in honour of Margie, Dennis established the Durrant Family Endowment in the amount of $100,000 to support the ongoing education of rehabilitation and staff in the ABI program. He was inspired by the wonderful care that Margie received during her time in the program, and the endowment allowed him to say “thank you” while helping patients today and into the future.
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