YEARS OF SERVICE: Four
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Walton Rehabilitation Health Systems provides independence, rehabilitation and support to people who have been temporarily or permanently disabled through illness or injury.
WHAT SHE DOES: Linda Walker serves on the Walton Foundation board. Funds raised are used to buy equipment for the hospital and clinics and to provide financial support to the system's various programs, including independent and assisted living facilities, Camp To Be Independent and sports and leisure programs.
WHY SHE DOES IT: "Phil Harison asked me to get involved about four years ago. Phil and Gracie Harison were just real good friends of mine. Back in 1988, their youngest child was in a bad automobile accident. He ended up paralyzed from that wreck. Phil and Gracie became interested in facilities for people with handicaps. Phil started raising money for a place for people with disabilities to live. Consequently, he raised money for Harison's House, which is one of our independent living facilities. I had not been aware of the needs of handicapped people, where they lived, what they needed and that sort of thing until them. Unfortunately, he and his wife passed away in the last two or three years. I remained on the board to help keep his dream alive. We're lucky to have (Walton) here. Not many cities our size have a facility where you can keep the patient in their hometown and the family can be with them. We're very fortunate."
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Volunteers are needed to help with patient care, clerical duties and special events. Donations are needed to help support programs. Contact Walton at (706) 261-6179.