We really appreciate our kidney transplant friend John Brockington stopping by Restoring Hope Transplant House today with his donor wife Diane. Nice of them to visit and film this quick message. Enjoy your weekend in Madison guys...thanks for cheering on our Badgers!
Donation Days of Thanksgiving: During this festive month of giving thanks, we look back to some of the great moments and incredible friends from 2019. Our pancreas recipient friend Jennifer from Kenosha has gotten her life back after many years of diabetes related struggles. She was kind enough to share her story during her time here at the start of the year.
January featured some guests who have never been better after transplant, some people who overcame some major hurdles and some very dear friends that we lost. They all contributed in their own ways to the incredible community of healing that happens at this house. I can't help but get emotional looking back at all the photos from that chilly month. It was our busiest January ever and we definitely leaned on each other throughout during some very challenging days.
As a non-profit, these next two months of year-end giving are crucial in furthering our mission of giving hope to families in need. If Restoring Hope Transplant House has impacted the lives of your family and if following the stories of friends you have made through your journeys together has been a blessing to you, we hope that you will make a donation to RHTH today as a show of thanks giving. We appreciate you all!
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We are very grateful for the opportunity to have a booth and speak at the Lions Club B2 Convention up in Appleton this past weekend. Appreciate our transplant and Lions Club friend David Stedman making the trip with us. David stayed at RHTH while his wife Cheryl was having a kidney transplant years ago. What a wonderful, emotional and very powerful gathering as we currently have guests from that area who have become like family!❤️
Dear RHTH Family,
Our latest e-newsletter was just sent out. Please take a few minutes to look over our updates. As with any non-profit, these next couple months of year end giving are always so crucial to making the daily miracles we see around here possible. If this house and the community of support helped your family get through your transplant journey or if the stories you follow here touch your heart, please take a moment and share those memories and stories and help us finish this end of giving year strong. We love this place and being here with the people each and every day and that is a credit to you all. We love and appreciate you!
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A new Restoring Hope Transplant House e-newsletter was just sent out. One of our most active months ever for guests, events, fundraisers, speaking engagements, hospital visits and so much more. Appreciate everyone we had the good fortune to share it all with and for your continued support!
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped to make our first ever Restoring Hope Transplant House Family Reunion such a wonderful day. What an honor it was to host and witness the first meeting between one of our RHTH organ recipient families and the mother of her incredible donor. Such an emotional moment between two ladies that will share a special bond for life!
How wonderful it was to see so many of our transplant families that day at nearby Capital Brewery in Middleton. To share old stories, big hugs and lots of laughs made it a truly great day. We cannot thank our friend David Stedman and the Main Street Big Band enough for their incredible performance that day. It really meant a lot to us to have a dear transplant family and Lions Club friend and his band there with us and what a talented group they are. We received so many kind words about their band.
Thanks also to Capital Brewery for being such a great host and welcoming venue just down the street. Grateful to our Lions Club friends who came out and had a great time while running the 50/50 raffle. Also appreciate those who helped volunteer and organize this event as well as our generous sponsors listed below. With this years overwhelming success, we hope to turn this into an annual gathering...thanks be to you all!
With thanks to our Reunion Sponsors for making this great day possible!
One more week until the early registration deadline for the upcoming Restoring Hope Transplant House Family Reunion. This fun gathering will take place on September 8th at Capital Brewery. Please click here to learn more!
Restoring Hope Transplant House Family Reunion is coming up on Sunday, September 8th at Capital Brewery. Please read our latest email for more information about registration as well as a follow-up in pictures from the Capital City 5k. Always a lot of fun when we get together...hope to see a lot of you in attendance at Middleton's favorite gathering spot on September 8th!
We are working hard to organize a Restoring Hope Transplant House Family Reunion event that will be open to all RHTH guests, friends and supporters. This event will be held at nearby Capital Brewery on Sunday September, 8th. Additional information and registration is available above and sponsorship opportunities are included below. We look forward to seeing you at this fun event in September!
What a wonderful evening we all had for the recent Capital City 5k Transplant Walk/Run. There were dozens of Restoring Hope Transplant House guests, friends and supporters at the event. It felt like our very own Family Reunion.
Something seriously needs to be said before it gets lost forever, though, about how you all helped to create one of the coolest moments I have ever witnessed that night.
As most of you know, Ben (first simultaneous heart and liver transplant recipient in UW history) and Liz (pancreas recipient) spent over 10 months at Restoring Hope Transplant House for various health related issues and are still back on a regular basis while trying to sort through it all. They have become some of my very best friends...we have been through a lot together.
At the end of the one mile mark, I pulled Liz aside and said “as your friend I really think you guys should stop here and take the bus back!”
Fast forward to the 2 mile cone where I told them both “I have NO problem finishing last and I would be happy to get you an Uber the rest of the way if you need it, but I really don’t want to finish dead last all by myself at this point...so let’s go!”
One last stop at the 3 mile marker to catch a breath and some water and we can hear the emcee yell out...”looks like we have a few more left...you can do it!”
With the finish line in sight, I could make out the silhouettes of several familiar Transplant House friends all waiting and cheering us on long after the other participants had taken off. I could hear Liz crying down the entire home stretch and I was even glad I was wearing sun glasses at the time. Then a big group of our friends started to walk back out through the finish line towards us to help guide Ben and the rest of us in triumphantly. Cheers, tears, loyal friends...we finished dead last in an event that had a gajillion participants and it was one of the proudest moments of our lives. Appreciate you all for making this such a special day!❤️
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