MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. (WSET) — Horizon Behavioral Health added a new outdoor gazebo to its Madison Heights location.
"We are honored. This will be used for many years to come," said Lisa Haibach, Program Manager with Horizon.
Jeff Crickenberger donated the gazebo in honor of his late brother, David Alan Crickenberger.
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"David and I became Forster kids at an early age. We went different paths at one point and reconnected when I got stationed close by. It was at that time I found out that he had suffered a catastrophic illness from a brain tumor which pretty much affected his health through the years. He was always chipper and independent. Wanting to do things on his own, which he did until it got to the point he couldn’t," said Crickenberger.
Crickenberger said his brother had a bad brain tumor and was a patient there for years.
"Initially, they didn’t have any real place where the residents could come outside. Including David. David liked the outside. If he had been here, he would’ve come out here and sit on his own," said Crickenberger.
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Once his brother passed in July, Crickenberger wanted to find a way to help his legacy live on.
"I felt this was an appropriate thing to do for him and it turned into a memorial for him, I don't know what life will look like without him. But I do know I have been incredibly lucky to share this life and such amazing memories with David," said Crickenberger.
All who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday said that David's personality was infectious. Thye said he loved TV, pranks, and being outside.
"David definitely had a quirky sense of humor. He was able to show the staff different joking ways on how to do things. He was a flirt. It was his way of making people's day brighter," said Haibach.
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Horizon says with Covid-19 restrictions still in place, this new addition will be perfect for reconnecting families.
"With Covid-19 and all the struggles we went through and the challenges we faced. This gazebo stands for the heart of what it means to have family involved," said Haibach.