State Representative Cory Atkins, left, gave a Citation from the House of Representatives to Lizzy Strauss, Executive Vice President of Care One and HealthBridge Management, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Atkins congratulated HealthBridge for raising over 1 million dollars to help Dan Grimes, one of their empoyees who is battling cancer. In back are Sharon Donaghue, and two of Dan’s brothers Andrew and Michael, all three of whom work for HealthBridge. Wicked Local Staff Photo/Ann Ringwood
By April M. Crehan
The Concord Journal
Posted Oct. 8, 2014 @ 1:29 pm
The Massachusetts House congratulated CareOne last week for its employees’ fundraising efforts to support a sick colleague, Dan Grimes.
Grimes, who has stage IV lung cancer, is the regional director of operations for southeast Massachusetts at HealthBridge Management, a subsidiary of CareOne. HealthBridge administers long-term living, medical management and post-acute rehabilitation at more than a dozen locations in the state, including the Concord Health Care Center, where the small ceremony took place.
Due in part to a July fundraising event in Fenway Park, the CareOne Cancer Fund accumulated $1.3 million to give grants to families and individuals affected by cancer and to fund research. Grimes and his family will be the first beneficiaries of the award, a fact Lizzy Straus said is fitting.
“We’re in a care business and he very much leads by example,” said Straus, the executive vice president of CareOne. “He always demands the best care for our residents and patients.”
“It was early May that we talked about doing a fundraiser for Danny. Lizzy and Sharon had a vision to do a bigger event,” said Grimes’ brother Andy, also a Healthbridge employee. “It took a lot of different people through the company. We all come together usually, when someone’s in need.” Every location in the state donated to the fund for his brother.
“Now you’ve got this whole fund for employees if they fall sick,” said Michael Grimes, also a brother and a HealthBridge employee.
“It’s where we’re going to raise money for our employees who are in terminal situations,” Straus explained.
“The entire membership—we don’t agree on anything—did agree to send its very best wishes,” said State Rep. Cory Atkins, D-Concord, as she read and presented the citation and a donation to the fund.
Dan’s colleagues sounded optimistic about his chances, despite the advanced nature of the disease.
“He’s still fighting the good fight,” said Patty Pruden-Lennox, the vice president of sales and marketing for HealthBridge.
Dan, a Carver resident, has four children ranging from 5 to 11 and as his brothers pointed out, has never smoked a day in his life.