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Shannon’s Story

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You helped Shannon and her family through the COVID-19 crisis

When Bon Secours Richmond Hope Therapy Center (RHT) temporarily closed in March 2020, physical therapist Shannon Richard was both relieved and frightened. The mother of two is a breast cancer survivor, putting her at an increased risk for complications should she contract COVID-19. “I also thought of my oldest daughter who has Smith-Magenis syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. With her history, we couldn’t chance her getting sick,” Shannon explained. 

Like so many, the Richard family had their life turned upside down during the pandemic. Grateful for the opportunity to work and connect with her families through telemedicine, Shannon was able to supplement her normal 35-hour work week with these appointments from home in addition to shifts at screening tables at the hospital. 


The hours that Shannon was unable to fill with work were covered through the Caring for Our Own Fund to keep Shannon whole. Shannon calls the help from the fund, “such a blessing.” 


The Caring for Our Own Fund allows associates to support their colleagues across the ministry in times of hardship. 

Shannon’s growing anxiety surrounding her daughter’s health was lessened because of the support of the Caring for Our Own Fund. To those who supported the fund, Shannon said, “Thank you.”