Ann and her husband William just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on August 11th while William was in the hospital. These high school sweethearts are from Rixford, PA and have been in Buffalo throughout the summer while William receives chemotherapy at Roswell Park.

While it’s not how she imagined spending her summer, Ann has found her peace in a daily routine consisting of breakfast, helping around KGH, going to mass at St. Jude Center and then heading over to Roswell for visiting hours. After visiting hours conclude, she makes her way back to have dinner with her new friend Annie.


Annie stayed at KGH years ago during her husbands first cancer battle. Unfortunately they are back again for a new cancer. They are currently here for appointments and treatment in anticipation of a bone marrow transplant where they will stay with us for 100 days.

As a returning guest, Annie was no stranger to the house and the relationships that form while here. Everyday Annie greets the other guests with a smile and asks “how are you doing?” She just celebrated her birthday here and bought food to have a cook out with our Resident Manager, Indira, and the other guests staying here. Annie is always quick to help out around the house when the staff needs it.

Becoming friends

She immediately formed a friendship with Ann. From sitting on the porch sharing a bottle of wine to dinners in the healing garden, Ann and Annie created a friendship that will outlast their time here.

Knowing it was Ann and William’s 48th anniversary, Annie went out and got Ann a small gift and balloon to celebrate. They are both thoughtful and overwhelmingly supportive during a difficult time. Whenever you walk into a room with these two ladies, you’re guaranteed to smile from their kindness.

Nothing is easy about watching your loved one go through treatment. Especially when you are miles away from home to get the best life saving care. Kevin Guest House offers our guests a place of comfort and a unique opportunity for friendships with other guests who understand first hand what a difficult time it is.

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