Our good friend Andy who has volunteered at RHTH events many times, recently got "The Call" to be a stem cell donor for a cancer patient in need. Anyone who has ever crossed paths with Andy knows full well that he would be the very first to get in that line so it's no surprise to any of us to read this story about a tremendous human doing tremendous things for a fellow human in need. Nice job Andy!
So many of our dear friends here at Restoring Hope Transplant House have been blessed to receive the ultimate gift of life through bone marrow transplantation. Many came from the generosity of complete strangers scattered throughout the country and even beyond in many cases. We see each day the difference these gifts make to our guests and their families and hope that you, too, will take some time to learn more about the process and see if joining the Be The Match Registry makes sense for you.
We can't thank Harvey and JoAnn Hansen of the Pickett Lions Club enough for coming all the way to Middleton to drop off a huge supply of donated toilet paper for the House this afternoon. What an enormous difference efforts like these make to our day to day operations and expenses. Thank you so much for embracing the spirit of Restoring Hope and showing once again that small communities can make such a huge difference!
What a wonderful story of friendship between RHTH guests Jean and Patty and the amazing gift of life.
We were very grateful for opportunity to attend the 37th Annual District 27-A1 Lions Club Convention this past weekend at the Grand Geneva, in Lake Geneva Wisconsin.
Peter, Joanne and Executive Director Cindy Herbst shared information about Restoring Hope Transplant House with attendees at our booth. One of our amazing guests, Barb from Elkhorn, WI, even came to help us with our presentation. Barb truly spoke to everyone's heart as she shared her story as a caregiver for her daughter Emily, a transplant patient.
The Wisconsin Lions have been so supportive of RHTH. Peter and Joanne Cerniglia have tirelessly championed this Home for years and are so very dear to us and the families we serve. They, coupled with the Middleton Lions, this district and Lions/Lioness/Leos Clubs statewide, have been so strong helping to get our doors open, keep them open and move closer to expansion and renovations to make this house even more like home in the future. We cannot thank you all enough.
We are so thankful for the leadership at UW Hospital and Clinics. They acknowledge and embrace the experience and journey of each patient and caregiver. It is indeed a pleasure to serve on the Adult Patient and Family Advisory Council. We see how our working together can make a difference for all of us.
What a wonderful experience to be involved with the production of these new UW Health Living Kidney Donation videos. All of these transplant stories were filmed here at Restoring Hope Transplant House and what an amazing collection of people and stories they are. Please click here to learn more about the UW Health Living Kidney Donor Program. You have the ability to donate life to someone in need!
Many of our guests know Jim and his family and have heard their amazing bone marrow transplant story. We're very excited to pass along news that a healthy Jim is returning to work this week. We celebrated over lunch today while he was in Madison for a check-up. While recovering, it has been 624 days since his last day at work. What a long, amazing journey it has been. On behalf of all of the families here who have been so moved by your family and your story, congratulations Jim. We are so happy for you!
Thanks to our heart transplant friend Brent for treating us to a great home-cooked meal. Every week is like alumni week here at the house with old guests stopping in for follow-up appointments. It's so exciting to see so many dear friends return on such a regular basis. What a great year it's been for Brent - to receive a life-saving transplant this past year and now to have the opportunity to welcome his first grandchild into the world in February. We are so blessed to be a part of your journeys!
As the transplant community supported and embraced our family through our journey, please know that you are not alone. May your 2015 be filled with many blessing!
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