Restoring Hope
January 2019
Dr. Mezrich New Book Signing Here In Middleton
1/31 at Middleton Public Library
Many of our RHTH guests have crossed paths with Dr. Mezrich during their transplant journeys at UW hospital and several have already commented to us how much they enjoy his new book.  So, it was exciting to hear that he would be making an appearance just down the block at the Middleton Public Library on January 31st to discuss and sign his book.  Some of our transplant family of guests have already mentioned that they plan on stopping by, so we hope to see you there!
RHTH Guest Dancing in Spotlight on Life Gala
Best wishes to our RHTH transplant family and Lions Club member friend David Stedman as he participates in the upcoming 9th Annual Spotlight on Life Gala on January 26th.  David will be one of the stars in the Dancing with the Stars-style competition designed to celebrate the gift of life. A very special gift made possible by organ, tissue and eye donors.
A New Pancreas After A Lifetime Of Diabetes Struggles
I want to start by thanking the Lions and Lioness Clubs of Wisconsin and beyond and the many other great donors for all of the support, help, and donations for such a great place as Restoring Hope Transplant House.
 
My name is Jennifer and my life changed dramatically when I was 10 years old. On my 10th birthday I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Throughout the years the diabetes wore down my body. I was on 6 shots a day with horrible disabilities due to the effects of diabetes. I was also unable to feel high and low blood sugars. After having diabetes 31years and 25 days I had a pancreas transplant at UW Hospital in Madison on 3/10/2018.
 
I had a rough start on my transplant journey with 2 surgeries and rejection. I met some AMAZING people on this journey and they have helped me through every step of the way. I remember the 1st time I walked into RHTH. It had a calming feeling like walking into HOME. I held it together for so long feeling I had to be strong. When I 1st walked in and met Cindy she gave me a hug and I lost it for the 1st time after keeping it together. RHTH is a home away from home for so many. They welcome you with open arms and an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on. You meet so many families and LIFE LONG FRIENDS with so many different stories. RHTH truly is an AMAZING place for families to come together where they know they are not alone.
 
Thank you again for all of your help. With groups like you, you allow this to happen.
 
Jennifer
Pancreas Transplant Recipient
Kenosha, WI
 
On The Road Again: Speaking Saturday in Richland Center
We are grateful for the opportunity to speak in Richland Center this Saturday at the Lions Club D2 convention.  Since 2013, we have had so many dear transplant families come from this particular area so it promises to be an emotional visit as we reflect back upon so many great friends and truly incredible journeys shared with those who call this part of Wisconsin home.  We look forward to sharing your stories, seeing some old friends and personally thanking the many Lions from this district that have been so supportive of Restoring Hope Transplant House.
Save the Date: Restoring Hope Thrift Shop Scavenger Hunt
Some of our January Guests in Pics - A Great Start to 2019
Join the Bone Marrow Registry
Our own family was given the gift of life through an anonymous bone marrow donor in 2018 after Brian was diagnosed with leukemia. We encourage you all to learn more about joining the bone marrow registry to help so many other families like ours dealing with cancer.

Organ Donation Saves Lives - Become An Organ Donor Today!
Our friend Heidi from Anchorage, Alaska is currently waiting for a call for a much needed liver transplant.   
 
Scores suggest that this call could come at any time, but she is currently separated by endless miles from her husband and kids back in Alaska.  The waiting is undoubtedly the hardest part.   
 
Please take a moment to learn more about organ donation and how you can register to become an organ donor in your state.  A few moments of your time could one day save several lives.
Give the Gift of Warmth and Comfort
This year, you can give the gift of the warmth and comfort of home by donating to Restoring Hope Transplant House. Your donation will go directly to warming our home so it can be the home-away-from-home comfort that our guests need at the most crucial time in their lives. For a winter season to be filled with warmth, comfort and safety - it requires an environment that inspires those feelings. Through your generosity, we will be able to provide our guests:
  • The Warmth of Heat: keeping our home warm is important to our amazing guests, and this time of year brings the coldest winter months, and that requires more resources than the warmer months, including an increased heating bill. We are in Wisconsin after all, and our daily max temperature rarely gets above freezing from December to March.
  • The Warmth of a Bed: if you've slept on an uncomfortable bed, you know the smallest details make the biggest difference. We need new bed linens to provide comfortable sheets and blankets as it's important that our guests get a good night's rest for their care. 
  • The Warmth of a Meal: we provide a warm breakfast for all the guests every morning. We also provide food items to help with a dinner meal as well. This helps our guests bodies and minds remain strong and well nourished, while also providing convenience so our guests can stay close to home. 
  • The Warmth of Clean Laundry: the home has a washer and dryer that is free for our guests to use, and we keep soap and fabric softener stocked so that our guests can feel comfortable in clean clothing, as they often don't know how long they will be staying with us. In some cases it's only a few days, in other cases it can last months. 
You Can Help - Support RHTH & Transplant Families Today!

If this cause and the above faces, families and stories inspire and move you, we hope that you would please consider making a donation to Restoring Hope Transplant House.  Your generosity is so vitally important  as a non-profit that depends almost entirely upon financial contributions.  We simply cannot do this alone.

Please help support the transplant community by making a secure online donation to Restoring Hope Transplant House via PayPal today! 

We are also actively searching for major donors to help with our joint efforts with the Lions Clubs of Wisconsin and others to help push us over the top for our extensive plans to renovate and add on to the current house as well as monthly donors and fundraisers to help with operating expenses.  This will ensure that Restoring Hope Transplant House becomes a longtime fixture in both downtown Middleton and in the transplant community.  If you have any suggestions, connections or interest please contact Executive Director Cindy Herbst at 608-831-1726 or via email at restoringhope@tds.net.  Please help!
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  In loving memory of dear friends we have lost.  Thank you for your friendship, laughs, love and lasting memories. We are so grateful for all you and your families have done to help make this house a home.  You will never be forgotten!
Cindy enjoys some time with one of our kidney recipient families in town for a checkup.  Looking good friends!
About Restoring Hope Transplant House - Contact Cindy

Restoring Hope Transplant House is a non-profit home established to serve organ and bone marrow transplant patients and their families. The home features six generously-sized guest rooms, multiple sitting rooms, full kitchen, laundry, cable tv, wi-fi and a tranquil yet convenient location in downtown Middleton, just five miles from UW Hospital.

If you have any questions about RHTH, please contact Cindy to learn more.