twoMarsha Murphy is now a grateful patient at Healing Hands, but she admits she never expected to be reliant on a neighborhood charity medical and dental clinic. The mother of two children and former wife of a pilot says she didn’t realize she needed to heed her grandmother’s advice to “save for the devil.”

Marsha, who spoke at the Healing Hands Tablescapes fundraising luncheon Friday, said she formerly had insurance through a job where she referred people to Healing Hands.

“I never thought I’d be on this side of the desk.”

You can view my photo slideshow of the event here.

“I cannot tell you how, when I walked in to Healing Hands, they embraced me,” Marsha told the assembled women. “They treat you like you’re their only patient.”

Marsha, who now suffers from a variety of ailments, said the doctors and nurses who volunteer at Healing Hands have helped bring her diabetes and hypertension under control.

one“They are truly passionate about what they do.”

She expressed her gratitude toward those who had pledged to support Healing Hands, including the new 100 for $100 campaign.

“Without you I wouldn’t have health care,” she said. “Your generosity and your grace make a difference.”

Marsha, finally optimistic about her future, looks forward to celebrating life with her new grandson.

“I want to be around to see him go to college and to dance at his wedding.”

If you’d like to make a donation, visit the Healing Hands website here.