While it is sometimes difficult to measure our impact, we believe it’s best expressed in the eyes, smiles and words of those we have assisted because of your generosity. Your commitment to our cause has allowed families the ability to reclaim normalcy in wake of their diagnosis, live with a greater quality of life during their battle and rebuild their lives in hope of remission.
This quarter, your support allowed us to provide financial assistance to 49 families. It’s imperative to understand that we serve as a financial lifeline to these families often times keeping them from financial despair. For these families whose lives have been halted, it’s the littlest things that have the largest impact. I quote of our recipients – “Your grant arrived just in time and while it may seem silly to some, I was able to give my son just what he was asking for, a box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, it meant the world to me that I was able to do this for him, thank you”.
We welcomed two new guest families to Nick’s House including 9 year old Lillian from Virginia recovering from a bone marrow transplant loves Taylor Swift, coloring with her twin sister and best friend, who can’t be with her during treatment however Lillian’s resiliency has truly inspired us. 9 year old Jacob from Arkansas arrived after an 18 hour commute to receive a clinical trial in hope of achieving remission from a 6 year fight with cancer. He misses being away from his brother but loves fire trucks and we were able to give him the ride of his life thanks for our friends at Folsom Fire Company.
At Nick’s House we are hands-on with our guests helping them to feel right at home during their stay. Stay tuned for exciting news about our Nick’s House expansion and how we will need your help so that we can welcome more families in need like Lillian and Jacob’s.
Additionally, patient services committee provided two wonderful entertainment outlets for our inpatient heroes. Magic by Chad Juros – Chad’s quick hands and inspirational story left the audience amazed! Jazz Up Your Afternoon with the talented Jessy Kyle had everyone clapping and singing. It’s truly remarkable to witness the change in attitude as people escape their hospital room and their disease if only for an afternoon or evening. One consistent comment was echoed – I looked forward to this all day. Thank you and when are you coming back!
These are just a few of the many families that we are honored to serve and your continued support allows us to be a powerful resource and advocate. Please remember that there are many ways that you and your family can ensure our ability to serve others. Please consider starting a fundraiser, making a donation and purchasing HEADstrong awareness merchandise. On behalf of our Nicholas and those we proudly serve, thank you.
Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom