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Gary and Chris Johnson Seek to Bring Fun, Games to Mott Patients

Gary and Chris Johnson

Chris and Gary Johnson’s connection to U-M began with a passion for athletics and grew to include a commitment to helping the patients and families at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Through an estate gift, the Johnsons are supporting unique ways of transforming the hospital environment. Their contribution benefits Mott’s Patient Technology Program, which provides gaming and digital technology experiences for patients and families.

Xbox 360 systems, virtual reality programs and augmented reality options bring our patients’ rooms to life. They offer patients a distraction while undergoing procedures, encourage them to move around and exercise, and give them a chance to socialize with friends and family.

The Johnsons shared their inspiration for supporting the Patient Technology Program:

“While in our mid-20s and living in Southern California, we had the privilege of attending our first two University of Michigan football games, which were back-to-back Rose Bowl games. That experience ignited our love for Michigan sports.

“We attended a fundraiser for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and were so inspired by former U-M athletes who support Mott that we decided to include the hospital in our trust. For us, making a difference in the lives of children is extremely meaningful and we could not think of any other place to do it than at Michigan.”

The Johnsons’ estate gift will also support the U-M football team, the Michigan Marching Band and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

See how you, like the Johnsons, can make a lasting impact at U-M. Contact the Office of Planned Giving at 734.615.2022 or giving2@umich.edu to learn more.

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