A Caring Community

Megan Compton - Guest Photo

Whether you’re a long-time supporter of The Doorways through CFC, or brand new to us, we want to express our thanks for the amazing support we have received from this program through the years. Your support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of patients and their loved ones who need a warm, safe and caring place to stay during their medical crisis. Patients like Megan Compton whose smile and sweet attitude captured the hearts of everyone at The Doorways these last few months.

When we met with Megan Compton she was wearing her “favorite shirt”, one with a yellow sunflower and writing that said “Create your own sunshine”. After speaking with her and hearing her story, it would be hard to find someone else who personifies those words better than Megan. She is lively and friendly and so genuinely sweet. Despite all that, the first word that Megan used to describe herself was strong. The last few years, and especially the last few months, have put that strength to the test.

When Megan was only 16 doctors discovered that she had cirrhosis of the liver due to auto-immune hepatitis. As a result, she was transferred to VCU Health, a hospital 7 hours away from Megan’s home, put on the organ transplant list and the waiting began.

Then, on February 13, 2020, after four long years of waiting and enduring many complications from her condition, she finally received the good news that a compatible liver was available. This was just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic caused hospitals around the world to cancel or postpone surgeries. In other words, Megan got in just in time.

Like many of our guests, the thought of leaving home to receive a life-altering medical procedure can feel overwhelming and scary, especially if you’ve never been to a large city like Richmond. Megan and her family didn’t know what to expect, where they would stay, or how they would take care of their basic needs, like meals. What they ended up finding was The Doorways, and a community that, along with her family and her faith, helped see Megan through this tough time.

Megan made many friends during her stay at The Doorways. Seeing other people progress through their transplant recovery gave her hope and motivation to get through her own. Together, they shared stories and words of encouragement. According to Megan, The Doorways provided exactly what she needed – a safe environment full of caring and generous individuals that support each other even in the toughest of times.

To Megan, The Doorways is “a little piece of home away from home”. So much so that she often found herself referring to The Doorways as home to her friends as family and she began having to clarify whether she meant “The Doorways or actual home”. Despite our “home” looking a little different these days, it still provided Megan with exactly what she needed; a safe environment full of caring and generous individuals that support each other even in the toughest of times. We are honored to have been part of Megan’s journey and to have received some of her sunshine.

Megan’s stay, and the support services she received while here, were made possible by the generosity of donors like you. Every donation

Charity Name
Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond dba The Doorways
Photo Caption
Megan, back at The Doorways following her liver transplant.
Photo Credit
Nina Bowen