Concord Walkathon Raises $1.3M For Dan Grimes Fund
Posted Jul. 30, 2014 @ 6:04 pm
The Red Sox were on the road July 27, but Fenway Park’s Concourse was jammed with nearly 2,000 colleagues and friends of Dan Grimes, a 42-year-old father of four, whose emotional expression of gratitude capped an afternoon with award-winning artist performances and an announcement by CareOne CEO and Chairman Daniel E. Straus that the company exceeded the goal to finish at $1.3 million.
Concord Health Care Center, 57 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, recently hosted a walkathon to raise money for the Dan Grimes Cancer Fund.
“People who know me, know I am a man of few words,” said Grimes, who was joined by his wife and family and his brothers, Andrew and Michael, both of whom work alongside him at HealthBridge. “All that I can say today is thank you for the support you have given me and my family. This is the toughest battle I’ve ever had to fight, but thanks to my colleagues and CareOne, I know I’m not fighting alone.”
Grimes is the operations manager for HealthBridge throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and the South Shore.
When word of his illness reached senior management, Straus announced that CareOne and HealthBridge would launch a fundraising campaign to help employees like Dan meet the unexpected expenses that often arise when family members are coping with a challenging diagnosis. Grants from The CareOne Cancer Fund in Honor of Dan Grimes Inc. will allow employees and their families to focus on their recovery and support essential research.
CareOne has successfully waged other campaigns, raising more than $1 million to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy, donating $250,000 to the One Fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and generating more than $1 million for The Valerie Fund, an organization providing programs and services for children living with cancer and blood disorders.
“Dan’s story is our story,” said Straus. “Like all of our employees, he has dedicated his career to helping our skilled nursing care residents and their families. While those in our profession are committed to caring for others, we also need to take care of our own. At CareOne and HealthBridge, we don’t just work in the communities where our residences are located; we also live in these vibrant communities. And when something happens, whether it is one man’s battle with cancer or the ravages of a hurricane, it happens to all of us and we need to stand up as a community.”