HOW ONE GENIUS GRANT WINNER BROUGHT CREATIVITY TO CAREGIVING
McHugh was inspired to start the organization [Caregifted] when her godson’s baby was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition that required him and his wife to drop their high-flying careers—he was an executive chef, she worked in the non-profit world—to return to the U.S. from Cambodia. That baby is almost two now, and according to McHugh, “They now struggle for money and time; many of their immediate professional and other hopes were extinguished; yet they act day in day out, instinctively and wholeheartedly, purely from love, to devote their efforts to the care of this child.”
She wants to honor that care, and also to give people like her godson a break. “What I can’t help seeing is how exhausted [he and his wife] may be in 10 years,” McHugh says, since they spend time every day of the week doing therapy with the child. Part of the deal with Caregifted is that while care givers are on their all-expenses paid vacation to gorgeous locations like Vancouver, Coastal Maine, or Napa Valley, they must record their visits, either through writing, photography, or another creative medium.
[Images: Flickr userWoodleywonderworks]