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Clare Susan Humphrey Memorial Endowment Fund established to help patients with eating disorders

Fund will increase access to care at Melrose Center

November 12, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Park Nicollet Foundation today announced an endowment fund established by the family of Clare Susan Humphrey. Clare passed away in 2017 after a long struggle with eating disorders and depression.

“Treating eating disorders is very challenging, and we are grateful for the wonderful care Clare received at Melrose,” said Andrew Humphrey, Clare’s father. “All patients should be able to benefit fully from Melrose’s amazing care team. The Clare Susan Humphrey Memorial Endowment Fund will help reduce the economic barriers that prevent patients and families from accessing eating disorder care and successful treatment.”

Clare was diagnosed with anorexia before her junior year at Blake High School. Over the next ten years, she was treated at Melrose Center, a Park Nicollet facility dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. When she died, she was a senior majoring in political science at the University of St. Thomas.

“Clare was often frustrated that her illness prevented her from achieving her dreams,” said Alison Humphrey, Clare’s mother. “We assured her that everything she experienced made her who she was and would enable her to help others. This endowment is our way of helping her do that.”

“This endowment continues Clare’s legacy of compassion for others,” said Andrew. “She wanted everyone who needed care to be able to get it regardless of their financial situation, and we hope others will be inspired to contribute to this important cause.”

The Clare Susan Humphrey Memorial Endowment Fund will remove barriers to care and include vouchers for patients to access care for specialized classes, translation services, individual and family meals, therapy programs not covered by insurance and lodging for patients from greater Minnesota or other states.

“This endowment fund provides a permanent source of funding that will support Melrose Center patients in need. It will ensure Clare’s caring legacy and provide critical support for Melrose Center patients,” said Park Nicollet Foundation Executive Director Beth Warner. “We hope that our supporters and the community will join us in continuing to grow this endowment to help even more patients into the future.”

Donate to the Clare Susan Humphrey Memorial Endowment Fund at

Read Clare’s story on Make Good Happen blog.

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