Our family had some big dreams. I’m sure yours does, too. My husband, Josh, and I were saving to open our own ceramics studio, start our own business, and buy a home to raise our son, Rowan, in. But all that went on hold in February 2017 when Josh was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Rowan was just 2 years old when we needed to uproot our lives to be in Buffalo often as Josh required stronger treatments and a stem cell. Luckily for us, even though Rowan is high energy, he is flexible and resilient. And luckily for us we found a home at Kevin Guest House.
This whole situation has changed our lives in many positive ways already, and we have very high hopes that there will be a happy ending to our story. We have realized how precious life and health is and what is really important. Josh worked six days and 56 hours a week before all of this, and while I know many people do that, we have realized how having money for “stuff” isn’t worth not spending as much time together. We aren’t living large by any means, but we could do with much less if it means we can spend more time together and live — passing memories down to Rowan. Not things.
I know you understand the importance of family during critical times. At Kevin Guest House, we’ve met so many wonderful people. The employees and volunteers have been so kind, helpful, understanding and generous. Other guests have helped solidify the lesson of how precious life is and in some cases, how truly lucky we are to have been dealt the cards we have. There’s always someone who has it worse than you. Just when you feel like being bitter, you’re reminded of that and humbled. This whole experience has been humbling, but there is learning in everything. So, from this, we can grow.
You have the power to give other families this sense of comfort, their own home away from home, by joining Kevin Guest House this giving Tuesday.
Since 1972, Kevin Guest House has provided a comfortable place for patients and their families as they receive care from Buffalo-area hospitals. Our houses provide more than just a bed. We offer comforts of home — a kitchen, laundry facilities, restful living rooms and a playroom for little kids. While we ask for $25 per person, per night to stay in our guest rooms, we turn no one away for financial reasons.
You have the power to help ease one of the burdens for families during a critical time in their lives. Our goal of $30,000 would allow us to give one free night to each of our 1,200 guests we are preparing to serve in 2019.
Make your donation monthly to help us grow our mission to provide comfort and respite.