For Don and Val King, residents of rural Manlius, it was a debt repaid. As advocates and supporters for health and wellness in rural communities, the King family presented OSF HealthCare Foundation with a generous donation in 2018 to purchase a mobile health center to benefit residents of Bureau, Henry, LaSalle, and Putnam counties.
“We are proud to support OSF, as they have been a life saver for our family,” stated Don and Val King. “Since 1983, they have been able to save the lives of our son, father, niece, and great-niece. Our family believes in paying good deeds back and today, we are proud to be able to give back through our donation for the mobile health center.”
Now complete, the King Care-A-Van will be used to connect residents with:
- Health education
- Advanced care planning
- Signing up for health coverage
Proud to call rural America home
The OSF King-Care-A-Van will travel to where people work, pray, and play to connect patients to care when they might not be able to get to the doctor on their own – or even know where to start when they have a health need. The mobile unit will work with employers, churches, schools, and community agencies to break down obstacles many rural residents may face.
On April 24, 2019, the King family joined Mission Partners, close friends and students from Bureau Valley Middle and High School to celebrate the completion of the project and to bless the new mobile health center with an intimate ceremony.
“We believe we live in the best place in the world, and we just want to keep trying to make a difference for our communities out here,” Don said surrounded by his passions. The King family has been active throughout the region for the past 35 years. Don and Val continue to work to improve the health of citizens in their community and are proud to call rural America home.
To support the OSF King Care-A-Van and to learn how you can make a difference in your community, contact: Curt LeRoy, Senior Director of Development and Philanthropy (309)-566-5667.