Meet the Burley Family from Tulsa, OK

On July 28, 2012, Margaret and Frank Burley got the call that no parent ever wants to receive. Their 24-year-old daughter, Shawna Deloney, had been involved in a horrific car accident. Despite experiencing an open head wound, brain swelling, a detached left ear and multiple broken bones, Shawna miraculously survived. However, it became immediately clear that no hospital in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was equipped to provide the sophisticated traumatic brain injury rehabilitative care that Shawna needed in order to regain an optimal quality of life. 

Committed to getting their daughter the expert care she required, the Burleys began a nationwide search for a facility that could uniquely help Shawna. Their search led them directly to the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute.

Margaret and Frank packed up their life and moved to Baltimore. To be close to Shawna, they lived at a local hotel before eventually relocating to a nearby apartment complex. When they would leave her for the night, Shawna felt isolated and alone and was often brought to tears. In spite of this challenge, Shawna made an amazing recovery. Today, she is completing college with aspirations to obtain a doctorate degree.

The Burley’s have no doubt they made the right decision by choosing the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute for Shawna’s care and recognize the need for the Hackerman-Patz House.

“Had the Hackerman-Patz House existed when we arrived in Baltimore, it would have been a saving grace. It will definitely be a blessing and bring peace of mind to future families with loved ones at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute.” – Margaret Burley

Help Others Like the Burley Family and Shawna – Be a Part of Our Story
Shawna and her family came to the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute from Oklahoma. Since the Hackerman-Patz House opened on our campus during the first week of November, 2015, we have had the privilege of guests staying with us from across Maryland, the United States, and even internationally. You can help assure the completion, furnishing and ongoing maintenance of the house through a sponsorship with naming privileges to a designated area of our house, or by making a one-time or ongoing monthly financial gift of any amount. Every dollar makes a difference and is appreciated. All sponsorships and gifts are fully tax-deductible.

Our Promise
Our promise is to make every donated dollar count. To learn more or to make a donation to support the Hackerman-Patz House, please visit us online at the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation and select "Hackerman-Patz House" from the Choose a program drop-down menu.

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