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Not your average Joes
Not your average Joes

Together, we accomplish great things.

When people work together, there is nothing they cannot accomplish. The proof is in the thousands of patients and families whose lives have been saved, improved, and eased through the generous and open hearts of our many donors.

Your gifts provide the opportunity for Rex to continue its mission of providing the best in health care services and enhancing the lives of those in our community.

No gift is too small to make a meaningful difference. We are honored to partner with you in fostering a healthier community and a better world.

To learn more about the foundation and the man whose bequest, 175 years ago, led to its founding, click here.

Rusty Wagstaff
After a sinus infection turned into septic shock, Rusty Wagstaff’s odds of surviving were put at five percent. But his family and Rex’s intensive care physicians, nurses, and staff, refused to give up. Today, Rusty and his wife Bonnie are back to their busy lives, including helping care for their first grandchild, a grandson born at Rex. “We want people to know what a wonderful facility Rex Hospital is. In our minds, the staff there will always be second to none. I truly believe that if it weren’t for Dr. Hoellerich and the staff there, we wouldn’t have survived. We are, in a big way, forever indebted to the folks at Rex Hospital.”

Claudia and Bobby Kadis
They’re not your average Joes. They’re Rex Healthcare Foundation Legacy Circle members Claudia and Bobby Kadis, who want to help make the future better for others. The longtime Raleigh residents are thankful Rex has stood by them during serious illnesses and also for the joyful birth of their three grandchildren. Now they’re giving back, in part to recognize the kindnesses of Kenneth Zeitler, M.D., a personal friend, who established the Zeitler Endowment to support the Rex Cancer Center. “When you have the means to be generous, and you’ve been fortunate enough to get not just wonderful care, but care with such compassion, then it’s a way to say, ‘Okay, it’s time for me to do for them what they did for us,’” Claudia says.

Julie Huffman, M.A., C.C.C.-S.L.P.
Not your average Joe. She is Rex speech pathologist Julie Huffman, M.A., C.C.C.-S.L.P., who is driven to help Parkinson’s patients whose swallow is weakened, so they risk choking, pneumonia, weight loss, and decreased quality of life. The foundation awarded Huffman a Co-worker Giving Gurney Grant for equipment and supplies to help patients strengthen their swallow. “Those items aren’t terribly expensive, but they are still out of reach for some patients. Rex has a mission for excellence in care. The Giving Gurney Grants are one
of the things that steps that up. “I’m not a good status-quo kind of person. I challenge myself. I think of it as a puzzle. What does this person need? What else is out there?”

Melanie Walker, M.D.
She’s not your average Joe. She’s Melanie Walker, M.D., of Pediatric Partners, president of the Rex medical staff, with one of her young patients. “I went into medicine to try to improve the lives of the people amongst whom I live. The Rex Healthcare Foundation does this in ways that I am not able to. It’s a good way for me to continue that mission. By keeping our nurses at the top of their game, we’re offering better healthcare. Helping patients with transportation or counseling a child when they have a sick parent ‐ those are all such important things that the typical insurance is not going to pay for. But they contribute to the excellence all of us strive for.”

Dale Jenkins
He’s not your average Joe. He’s Dale Jenkins, immediate past chairman of the board of Rex Healthcare, whose vision helped propel Rex from a modest community hospital to one of the top hospitals in the nation. “We are a greater community because people volunteer their time to make sure organizations and institutions are doing great things for their citizens. That responsibility now falls on our generation.” With an unstoppable passion for improving health care, Jenkins, longtime CEO of Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina, also sits on the board of directors of UNC Health Care. “If people are willing to look into the future and see what can be, as opposed to what has been, we’ll have a better community.”

Carolina Hurricanes
They’re not your average Joes. They’re the Carolina Hurricanes, part of the National Hockey League (NHL), dedicated to helping the foundation achieve more awareness for assisting those who need a hand. The team supports the Rex Gala and the Rex Hospital Open, hosts the Mobile Mammography Unit, and includes Rex in the NHL’s month-long Hockey Fights Cancer. “From the KidsCan! program to what you do for critically ill babies, to the Angel Fund for cancer patients, and all the annual projects — there’s a lot the foundation does,” says Doug Warf, vice president of marketing. “For us, every fan is important. For Rex, every patient is important. We both pride ourselves on first-class customer service and exemplary community partnerships.”

Sue Donohoe, Executive Director, Kay Yow Cancer Fund
They aren’t your average Joes. They are long time Rex sponsors Karen and Harvey Braswell of Alphanumeric Systems, where she is chairwoman and CEO and he is president. As their information technology careers brought them to Raleigh three times, they saw Rex transform. “We leave, we come back, we see changes,” says Harvey, who also serves on the Board of Visitors of North Carolina Children’s Hospital. “Rex was once only known as a hospital where people went to have babies. Now they’re known as a hospital that has full service capability, which is a giant step for them over the last decades.”

To read about more of our generous donors, click here.