Remembering Chris Thomas
It is with great sadness and much love that we announce the passing of one of Nursingale’s founders and Co-Chair of our Board of Directors.
Chrissie truly defined what it meant to care for a medically fragile child. Her son Eric was born with Myotubular Myopathy that affects muscles used for movement. For the first sixteen months of his life he was in the ICU. When he was finally well enough to leave, it meant setting up a complete ICU at home, and bringing in nursing staff to help care for him 24/7/365.
From day one, Chrissie was determined that Eric would reach his full potential. She made sure that he went to school, accompanied every day with a nurse, and celebrated his graduation from Beaverton high school. They also went to church, shopping, many Winterhawks Hockey games, and the beach…always with a nurse at their side. Today, Eric continues to live at home and recently celebrated his 33rd birthday.
In 2005, when the family was no longer satisfied with the level of care he was receiving from their current home care agency, they set up a non-profit in just six weeks that ultimately became Nursingale.
Thanks to Chrissie’s leadership and her unbending will that every medically fragile child should have the care that would enable them to thrive, Nursingale has become a strong and stable pediatric home care agency.
We will honor her memory by moving forward, guided by her spirit and love for each of our Nursingale client families and the nurses that provide loving family-centered care.
As a major step in this direction, our board of directors has also established "The Chrissie Vial Thomas Respite Fund." recognizing that parents of medically fragile children are often exhausted from the daily challenges and stress of keeping their child alive and infection free. This fund will help to give them a day or two of relaxation and some fun. To learn more, or to make a donation, just click on "Donate" and in the comments section add "Chrissie's Fund." Your gift will be truly appreciated.