Remembering Dr. Brad Doxey
In October of 2014, Cortney’s Place held their annual golf tournament fundraiser, but this particular year, the event would be like no other. In addition to the golf tournament and dinner, there was another component to that year’s event, the “Chefs versus Surgeons Pumpkin Carving Contest.” Several of the Valley’s most renowned chefs and surgeons agreed to compete, raising money for Cortney’s Place as they picked up tools from butter knives to scalpels and created a masterpiece from the pumpkin in front of them.
When everyone was finished, the winner of the contest came from the surgeons’ side of the table, much to the surprise of the culinary artists sitting on the other side of the table. And not only was he the winner of the contest, but he also was the Cortney’s Place Board of Directors member that developed the idea for the event and secured each and every participating surgeon and chef that participated.
Dr. Brad Doxey was more than just a Board of Directors member at Cortney’s Place. Brad was a true friend to the organization, in addition to being a friend to his community and every individual he ever met.
Dr. Doxey first met the Carpenter family in 2011, when Cortney Carpenter (who is the namesake of the program) needed to have surgery. After interviewing several surgeons that could understand Cortney’s unique medical needs and successfully complete the surgery, Jim and Cindy Carpenter chose Brad Doxey.
“I knew he was different than the other surgeons we had met with because he instantly showed not only expertise, but genuine affection for Cortney,” Cindy said. “The day after the surgery while doing his rounds, Dr. Doxey showed up with a stuffed animal and laid it in the bed with Cortney. And then something amazing happened. Cortney gave Dr. Doxey a kiss. From that moment, we knew we met somebody special who would be in our lives for a long, long time.”
Sadly, Dr. Doxey’s long relationship with Cortney’s Place and the Carpenter family was cut short, as Brad passed away on September 22 after a struggle with cancer for nearly a year.
Brad’s legacy at Cortney’s Place will continue to live on in the 10-year old program, as he was instrumental in connecting the medical community with the disabled community to create awareness and additional resources for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as their families.
“All of us at Cortney’s Place are deeply saddened by Brad’s passing,” said Cindy. “He was truly a one-of-a-kind individual who always put the needs of others before his own and constantly worked to find new ways to improve the quality of life for those around him, particularly for those families who have a child, sibling or family member that participate in the Cortney’s Place program. And our family is especially saddened, as we lost a very close friend. We’ll miss him dearly.”
Brad is survived by his wife Janice and his daughter Kate, as well as the students and families of the Cortney’s Place program. His family has asked that those who wish to make a contribution should donate to Cortney’s Place.
Please click here to make a donation to Cortney’s Place in Brad Doxey’s name.