Higginbotham has donated $100,000 to Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute, which provides care to people with spinal and brain injuries. The donation, made through the Higginbotham Community Fund, was made to commemorate Higginbotham managing director Tim Edgmon’s final week of in-patient treatment at Moody’s Lubbock, Texas, facility.
Edgmon suffered a severe spinal contusion on Christmas Eve 2021 when he slipped and fell on ice, immobilizing his legs. He was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock on Christmas morning and underwent an emergency spinal laminectomy. He then moved to South Plains Rehabilitation Hospital for a month of recovery and entered in-patient rehabilitation at Moody Neuro on Jan. 31. Edgmon took his first assisted steps since the accident on March 24.
The Higginbotham Community Fund is a donor-advised fund established in 2011 by the insurance firm in partnership with the North Texas Community Foundation. It supports non-profits operating in the markets Higginbotham serves across the country, and is 100% financed by employee contributions. Many employees made special contributions to the fund in Edgmon’s name to support Moody Neuro, Higginbotham said.
“The only tears I’ve shed since the accident was when I learned that Higginbotham was giving this $100,000 to Moody,” Edgmon said. “In my mind, Moody has given me my legs back. I’ve had to do a lot of hard work, but it’s the hard work of the physical therapists who stay with you and work together that’s remarkable.”
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“We’re so grateful to receive this gift from Higginbotham,” said Justin Luna, clinical program director at Moody Neuro. “It’s going to go a long way to benefit our patients and staff and our foundation as a whole.”
“Two of our core values at Higginbotham is to be family to our employees and generous to our communities,” said Rusty Reid, Higginbotham chairman and CEO. “This was a perfect opportunity to hit on both at the same time. Not only is Tim an esteemed member of our team, his wife, son and daughter also work at Higginbotham. So, when his family suffered, our Higginbotham family felt their pain. Seeing Tim play with his five grandkids again is a blessing. We’re indebted to Moody Neuro for Tim’s recovery, and this grant will help families have the same outcomes.”