BENEFITING: Gift of Life Family House
EVENT DATE: Nov 23, 2014
I Am Running in memory of Paul Kouba and Sara Sawick.
As many of you know, Paul and Sara tragically lost their lives in the last couple of weeks and I am running this year’s Philadelphia Marathon in their memory.
My goal is to raise $40,000 to permanently name and dedicate the West Garden of the Family House in Sara and Paul’s memory. The West Garden contains beautiful flowers in bloom and is a peaceful viewpoint for families staying at the Family House.
All donations will support Gift of Life Family House in Philadelphia.
Gift of Life Family House, an affiliate of Gift of Life Donor Program, opened in July 2011 and serves as a "home away from home" for transplant patients and their families by providing temporary, affordable lodging and supportive services to those who travel to Philadelphia for transplant-related care.
The Family House is a 30-room facility located at 4th and Callowhill Streets, convenient to the region’s eight transplant centers. Since opening its doors, the Family House has provided over 19,000 lodging nights of care to over 37,000 transplant patients and families members.
At the modest rate of only $40 per night, families are provided with clean and comfortable guest rooms, meals and transportation, support through the Caregiver Lifeline program. The Family House never turns an eligible family away due to their inability pay.
Without Gift of Life Family House, transplant families would usually sleep in the hospital lobby, their loved one’s hospital room or even their cars, as most families cannot afford a hotel and amenities for days, weeks or months — particularly when combined with the financial stress of mounting medical bills. Please help Gift of Life Family House ensure that their doors are always open to welcome transplant families.
“I became involved in the Gift of Life Family House after I donated my kidney to my younger sister six years ago. I was greatly affected by the families I met that were waiting for loved ones to receive life saving organs. Many of the families slept in the hospital in uncomfortable chairs or on the floor. As a current board member, I want to make sure the families are taken care of and help sustain the great mission of Gift of Life Family House.” -Mary Pat
For Questions or comments please email Mary Pat Kessler at MaryPkessler@comcast.net or call 267.761.1951