A Legacy of Caring
David, Esther and Mary Chi
For Esther, David and Mary Chi, the sudden death of their mother last year was —and still is— devastating. One day He Sook Chi fell at work, sustaining a brain injury from which she never awoke. Three days later, her three adult children said good-bye.
What the family experienced in those intense days at their mother’s bedside, combined with her way of living, led them to create the He Sook Chi Brain Injury Peer Support Fund at CPMC’s Davies Campus.
“We wanted to honor our mother in some way that would reflect the caring and selfless individual that she was,” says daughter Esther. “We also wanted the gift to be relevant to what happened to her and to benefit the San Francisco community because that’s where we have lived for most of our lives.”
“There are givers and takers in the world, and our mom was a giver to the extreme,” adds daughter Mary. “She was overflowing with love — as much as she gave to us, she was kind and generous to everyone around her.”
The He Sook Chi Fund will be used to create a peer support program for those with family members who have suffered a brain injury. “Sadly, we did not experience what life would be like for someone who recovers from a severe brain injury and can only imagine the difficulties for all involved,” explains son David. “We hope that our gift can provide for materials and services to help others cope both during and after hospitalization.”