My name is Toni Stone. I was an employee at RMH for nearly 20 years until I retired in May 2009. Even as an employee I gave back to the RMH Foundation, and I continue to make donations today. I give because I know the life-saving effect donations can have – indeed my very own life was saved by the generosity of RMH donors.
You see, one morning in October 2008 I came in to work and was feeling a little like I was getting bronchitis. By lunch, though, it was quite a different story. I was feeling faint and short of breath. A coworker checked my blood pressure and it was only 60 over 30.
Needless to say I was rushed to the ED. As it turns out I was suffering from “broken heart syndrome” – the sudden and temporary weakening of the heart. I needed a balloon pump inserted into my right femoral artery to stabilize my heart and stay alive.
And that’s how my life was saved by friends and coworkers who had donated funds. You see, just two years prior a balloon pump – like the one inserted into my heart – was purchased with money donated to the RMH Foundation. Indeed, if you’ve donated to the Foundation recently it could have been your donation that helped save my life.
I care deeply about the healthcare available to myself, my family and my friends. As someone who worked at RMH and who received care at RMH, I also know the profound impact that donations have. If you already give to RMH, thank you. If you are considering making a gift, I urge you to join me and do so. As someone who knows firsthand, I can tell you it will make a difference.