“Disaster Can Strike at Any Time, To Anyone”

We have all seen the images on our television screens. A tornado strikes in the Midwest in the middle of the night destroying neighborhoods, with people’s homes reduced to nothing but sticks. Heavy spring rains cause rivers in Iowa to flood, inundating people’s basements with water, ruining heating and air conditioning systems and keepsakes stored […]

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“Life’s A Curveball”

Mike is a family man. He is always making time to support his daughters and grandchildren. One of his grandsons goes to an academy and is involved with the drill team. Mike and his wife attended to watch their grandson perform. Unfortunately, the event ended early for Mike and Carmen, when Carmen unfortunately discovered a bleacher step […]

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“A Fresh Start in a New State”

A mother of four and a grandmother of two, Cary was faced with the difficult decision to pack her bags and move from Michigan to Florida in order to start a new life. While her two adult children and grandchildren stayed in Michigan, Cary and her younger son and daughter settled into their new home […]

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“More Than Medicine”

Crystal loves to write. Along with writing, Crystal also has a passion for helping people. Her love for people is the reason why she’s worked in hospice for over 17 years. But in 2013, Crystal’s role reversed. Recently diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, Crystal felt alone and lost. “I was ready to die, but […]

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“A Safe Place No Longer”

The devastation and disbelief raced through my mind when I came home from work. My home has been broken into. I can’t believe all of my stuff and my children’s items are gone. How could this happen? This is the one place that was supposed to be safe… These were the unsettling thoughts of Takina, […]

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“Especially Thankful”

Patti, a single mother of two, was just waking up to go to work when the phone rang. On the phone was an operator on behalf of her fiancé. The operator called to tell her that her fiancé had just rolled over his bulldozer. He was severely hurt and was being taken to the hospital. […]

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Using My Story to Encourage Others

I really don’t want anyone to ever have to take a walk in my shoes. Right now, the path is pretty rocky. But if my story encourages just one person to donate to the Hug Fund, then I am willing to share it with you.

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Nothing Good Happens at 4:30 in the Morning

“The doorbell rang at 4:30 in the morning. Nothing good happens when the doorbell rings at 4:30 in the morning. The detective showed me a picture of my son and said he had been involved in a homicide. Everything went black.”

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Thankful To Be Alive & Walking In My Own Shoes

Chelsea Rickmon – Three Brain Surgeries

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When A Fire Strikes

Merri Kay – Devastating Fire

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A Hug Can Bring More Than Smiles

The mission of the Hug Fund is to provide financial assistance to eligible HCR ManorCare employees for an unexpected catastrophic event such as a natural or civil disaster or severe economic hardship beyond their control. The Hug Fund is to help employees who are unable to financially meet their urgent need.

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