Rich Irvine's Medical Fund
Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting my dad knows that he is more than Vancouver’s “Good Samaritan.” He is a loving and devoted husband, a strong and supportive father, and a fun-loving and caring friend. He is one of the most hard-working and selfless men that I have ever known. In addition to continuously supporting his family, he gives much of his time and energy working with the The Rotary Club of Greater Clark County; collecting and donating food and money, as well as helping to provide shelter to those most in need.
Knowing what kind of a wonderful man my dad is, and how he truly enjoys helping those around him, it is not surprising to hear that he risked his life to save another. On the foggy morning of Sunday, December 7th, my dad stopped to help care for a hit and run victim on the highway. While he was checking on the driver of the wrecked vehicle, the unthinkable happened when another car collided with the already totaled vehicle – causing both cars to crash into my dad. Left with a fractured spine, internal bleeding, and unknown brain damage, my dad is currently fighting for his life in the ICU of a local hospital.
Because life is sometimes full of too many surprises, my parents have already depleted their emergency savings to cover costs from my father’s open heart surgery from the previous year. While my mom is equally as strong and hardworking, she will struggle to cover my dad’s medical expenses and/or cover their current cost of living. I ask, as a thank you to my dad for his never-ending kindness, that you help my family in this time of need. Donate anything that you can, and if you can’t donate, please share this page with others and spread the word. It is overwhelmingly amazing to see all of the lives that my dad has touched as you come together to show your support. We love and thank each and every one of you.
I am heartbroken and terrified to be entering into this new year without the man that I always counted on to fix my problems. However, I am forever grateful for the 63 years of that life he was able to share with the world. I couldn't let the year end without saying at least one last giant THANK YOU to everyone who has supported and loved my dad and my family both now and in the past. It truly was an amazing experience seeing everyone come together to help our family, to share their memories, and to show their love.
Happy New Year to you and your families! Thank you, once again, for everything you have done.
We find peace in knowing that he is no longer in pain, but know that we will never stop missing him. I welcome you to share your own memories of my dad on our donation site as we love to see all of the lives and souls that he has touched. We also ask that you join us in celebrating the amazing and fulfilling life of Rich Irvine at 3:00 on Monday afternoon. The service will be held at The Evergreen Memorial Gardens on 112th Ave in Vancouver, WA. Thank you, again, for your amazing donations, endless support, and thoughtful prayers. I hope, more than anything else, that my dad knows how much he means to everyone around him.
"A life is not measured by the number of years, but by the number of lives you have touched."
A Rotarian member came by his room this afternoon and told us that my dad was scheduled to ring the Christmas Bells for a donation collection outside the JC Penny's in the mall tomorrow evening. To honor my dad's hard work and the time that he spent giving to others, all of the Rotary members will ring the bells at that location tomorrow evening. I believe she said that it will be the largest gathering of the bell ringing in the Rotarian history. If you have a moment, please continue to show your love and support for my dad by stopping by, donating to their cause, and sharing with them what my dad means to you. I know how much they all love him and I know they would love to hear from you as well.
Thanks again for everything you have done for my dad and our family. I hope that he can see the love that everyone is sharing in his honor :)
Unfortunately, there are no real updates for me to provide to you in return. My dad had spinal surgery yesterday afternoon to help stabilize the many fractions along his spine and the doctors say that it went well. This will allow them to safely move him around and roll him over whenever necessary during his recovery. However, it will do nothing to increase his chances of walking again. Nevertheless, we are still hopeful that soon he will open his eyes or intentionally respond to a request to hold up a finger or move his hand. Please continue to send your thoughts and prayers his way.
Carrie, you have spoken with such grace, compassion, and wisdom throughout your updates during this very difficult time. I'm sure that can be attributed in part to the presence and influence of your mom and dad in your life. For me, the news of your dad 's accident came when I was trying to locate him, after loosing touch for a number of years. I wanted to send a holiday card. I googled his name and Vancouver, hoping that maybe he moved back there. I had an address from GA. I found the accident posts and was simply stunned. The tears began to flow, as I read the articles. I wouldn't have reacted the way I did if he hadn't had such a positive influence on me. I will never forget the year we spent driving all over the South Bay and our flights to LA. Having had thousands of conversations with him as he trained me to learn his business, or sports conversation, or sharing our experiences growing up as "New Englanders". If I ever get up to your area, I would love to meet you and see your mom again. Time has eroded my memory, but I believe you were crawling around in diapers when I worked with your dad, so I'm sure you don't remember me! All the best to you, your mom , and the rest of the family.
Terribly sad and so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, caring man to stop and try to give aid, as indicated by all the other good things done in his lifetime. We will be praying for you all as you grieve the too soon loss of a wonderful, giving man. I am thankful that we have the Hope of Christ's return to see our loved ones again in the future. I hope that technology will improve to keep drunk drivers off the road and for medical advances to be made to better treat these kind of injuries. Hugs to you all. :(
So sorry to hear of this tragedy. I knew Rich many years ago in Hopkinton, and I always considered him to be a thoughtful , honest and decent person. My condolences to his family and friends.
Thank you for allowing me to share some of your last hours with your dad. It was a privilege to know him and please reach out as needs arise. My family will pray for your family.
My deepest sympathy to your family. I am a Westridge neighbor and Union High School employee. I will continue to pray for your family as you all begin the difficult journey of finding comfort and peace.
There was this one game we used to play. I tell everyone about it. At the office, he would sneak into my cubicle, and flick the back of my ear. Next I would chase him through the entire office to his office. If he got to the office before I caught him and close the door, he won. If I caught him I could flick his ear back. One time I was right behind him, and as he spun into his office and closed the door, I snuck in around him as he and closed the door. Normally I try the door so he would hold the knob and lock it, obviously this time I didn't. He called through the door "I win" and turned to his desk. I smile and said "BOO!" And he literally jumped and screamed. Love you, you were a great boss, and even better friend., your kindness will never be forgotten.
I knew Rich from the Rotary club, but I wasn't in the club for very long. He was one of the few that always made me feel welcome. I didn't know him that well. What I do know was that he had a good heart. I'm saddened to see his injuries were too severe, and that our paths won't cross in the near future. My heart goes out to you and your family, and will be in my prayers. My sincerest condolences.
Irvine Family, Lisa and I are just across the street. If you need any help picking up family at the airport, please let us know. We've been getting updates from Deb and keeping the neighborhood informed but still can't help but feel pretty helpless. I keep catching myself peeking out the front window to see if your garage door is up... Because we all miss our friend Rich. We love you all and wait patiently for our chance to help in any way we can. The Ogden Family
Lisa and I are sending positive vibes from Henrietta, NY.
Dear Carrie and Irvine family, the entire Westridge neighborhood is pulling for you all! We are here for you. XOXO
I do not have any money money to give but devices to lend. I have home health care experience and completed schooling for paramedic/emergency medicine. I know you will continue to need care for him when he is released. Please let me know and I can come and help you care for him.