Perry Rich

January 12, 1977 – June 18, 2016

 

 

Perry has touched the lives of so many!  His greatest accomplishment first and foremost was being a great husband to Darcy and devoted father to his four beautiful children, Samuel, Carly, Grady and Charlie.  His love for his family and friends was awe-inspiring. This was evident in how he greeted you with a smile and a hug.  He was always concerned with how YOU were doing.  Perry’s easy personality always put you at ease.  He was “that guy” you just wanted to be around!

 

Perry was diagnosed with a high-grade Glioblastoma brain tumor in December 2014 and had surgery only 4 days after diagnosis with successful removal of most of the tumor. He had an 18-month long battle that included multiple surgeries and treatments along the way, which included the Holden Cancer Center. Perry came to terms with his diagnosis and while at times it was tough he always focused on the positive things.  He never said why me or had a pity party.  He had an action plan and made changes; he started eating healthier, detoxed the house of chemicals, became closer to his faith, and truly appreciated “the little things”.  Perry’s focus was always on making his body healthy from the inside out and his wife Darcy was such a big part of this. When faced with setbacks in his battle, he would always reassess, do research for the best possible action and move forward. Perry was truly courageous beyond measure and grace he exuded during his journey was not only amazing but inspirational.  His faith was always bigger than his fear.  God gave Perry 39 beautiful years of life!

 

 

During those 39 years Perry:

  • Loved sports
  • Loved coaching
  • Time with family
  • Blackhawks
  • Any time the CUBS won!
  • Iowa Hawkeyes
  • Athletico Family

 

Perry was an avid golfer. He absolutely loved being on the course often having the first tee early in the morning so he could enjoy the rest of the day with his family.  He was also a great runner often participating in a 5K or 10K and in 2010 he successfully ran the Chicago Marathon.  He was always pushing himself to new and higher levels.

 

Perry was originally from Crawfordsville and went to school in Washington, and never forgot where he came from as he positively impacted the lives of many patients and colleagues who were fortunate to call him a friend.

 

Perry was a Physical Therapist and absolutely loved helping people.  Perry initially joined Athletico in the mid-1990’s as an Athletic Training student where he provided coverage to many Athletico affiliates and rugby clubs.  Perry graduated from Coe College with a degree in Biology before obtaining his Athletic Training Certification (ATC).  He then continued his studies in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Iowa where he graduated in 2001.  Perry began his career at the Center for Physical Rehabilitation in Michigan where he served as the Director of Sports Medicine during his time there.

 

Perry returned to Athletico in 2006 as a staff Physical Therapist at the Schaumburg North facility before moving on as the Facility Manager at the Barrington location when it opened in 2007.  He served in this capacity until his passing on June 18th. Perry was an instrumental piece in the development of Athletico’s Mentorship Program, whereby, he positively impacted the careers of many clinicians and leaders in the company.  He was admired and respected by every clinician and student who had the pleasure to work alongside him and learn from him.

 

This is a note from longtime friend Jodi S. from Cedar Rapids that really gives you a glimpse into Perry’s character and his absolute greatest accomplishment.

“Sam, your dad loved your tender heart and the hugs you gave him. It gave him great joy to watch and coach you on the field!  Carly, your dad loved your beautiful eyes and the way you made him laugh. He is so proud of the young lady you have become.  Grady, your dad loved your spunky spirit and that beautiful smile you flash at everyone.  Charlie, your dad loved your funny little sayings and that mop of hair you have on your head. He was so proud of all of you.  You all are so special to him and he now gets to guide you from above. When you yearn for him, make sure to listen with your heart and he will be there with you.”

 

Perry was a ROCK in a world that needs more people that live the way he lived. We miss him everyday.  #ONELOVEONEFIGHT