Restoring Hope
WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
December 2020
Dear Friends,
 
From our family to yours, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday season. I hope this letter finds you all in good health and uplifted spirits as we near the end of the most challenging year of our lifetime. Please know how much we are thankful for your friendship and the support you have shown this house and our transplant families. If the enormity of this year has taken a toll on your physical or mental health, please know that you can always count on us as family. Please reach out at any time and know that we would be happy to listen and walk through this with you. You are not alone! May you be blessed with a joyous holidays filled with many signs of optimism for an infinitely better 2021.  
 
This has really been a tough year for everyone on so many fronts with Covid. We currently have one of our former transplant recipients in the ICU sedated with a ventilator as she struggles with breathing and pneumonia from Covid. Her family is constantly in our thoughts. I'm always so incredibly proud of the way this house and our RHTH family responds whenever our people go through hardships like this. Even with the contact restrictions of this pandemic, the response from our families to lift each other up to get through this has been so heartwarming to see. This house has always been at it's very best when life is at it's worst. Together, we have created such a special community of loving support for each other that makes me so incredibly happy and appreciative for all who have embraced our cause over the years.  
 
We have endured significant pandemic related financial losses and a major decrease in guest stays coming off a record setting 2019. Yet, earlier this year with the generous gift of an anonymous donor, we managed to pay off the remainder of the mortgage on Restoring Hope and just a month ago, I welcomed a perfectly healthy new granddaughter into the world. We have some serious ground to make up from Covid, but through your kindness, loyal support and generosity, we are still standing with several of life's greatest gifts and uplifting moments to motivate and give us hope for the future.  
 
Happy Holidays!
 
Cindy Herbst
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Restoring Hope Transplant House

Grateful For Our Guests
With gratitude to all of the essential appointment, necessary procedure and critical care guests we have hosted throughout this pandemic filled year.  Thanks so much for your loyalty, patience and cooperation so that we could all get through this safely together!

Covid Updates: Construction - Kohler Donation - Winter House Availability
Where There's A Need There Has Always Been A Lion!
Special thanks to Lions Club members from at least 7 different Clubs for their incredible volunteer day sessions and overall kindness throughout the year.  We are so grateful for their continued assistance with maintenance related issues and preparation for construction and thank them for the careful attention to detail regarding Covid and the need to minimize risk by wearing masks, checking temps and working in small groups.  Wonderful people doing their very best to continue serving their communities through this pandemic!  Also incredibly grateful for the Clubs statewide and beyond who continue to financially support our efforts as a charitable cause during this really tough year.  It's emotional just thinking about all the Clubs throughout the state who have still found ways to send contributions even though it's largely been a lost year for the majority of regular annual fundraisers.  Bless you all!
Get Well Soon Cheryl!
To all of our Lions Club friends throughout Wisconsin and beyond, we ask that you please keep Lions Cheryl and David in your thoughts as Cheryl continues to battle Covid at UW Hospital. Cheryl had a successful kidney transplant several years ago and David has stayed here in the past during her transplant journey.   
 
This is a very serious and scary situation as Cheryl is currently on a ventilator in the ICU to help with breathing.  Meanwhile, David is home alone and getting daily updates by phone from the hospital.  The night Cheryl was taken by ambulance to the hospital David reached out to us to share the news but to also ask if we would share it with our Restoring Hope family.  The response from David and Cheryl's friends with each update has been incredible to see and we are so glad that they have such a supportive group in place to help lighten their load through this.  It also serves as a helpful reminder that we all must be very mindful of our daily actions and interactions as this long winter approaches.  Stay strong friends...you are so loved!
A New Kidney and New Bride in 2020!
For all the talk of 2020 being the worst year ever, this young man received a life-changing kidney transplant in September after 6 years of dialysis and then married his amazing fiance in November.  Best year ever for the Harrison family!  Always room for hope and optimism...congratulations friends!
Salute to UW Hospital Staff

An old RHTH friend has been hospitalized up on the transplant floor since August.  When he came back to his room from dialysis the other day, two UW staff members had set him up with this wonderful tree, lights all over the room and a holiday balloon.  On behalf of transplant families from all parts of Wisconsin, 44 different states and 8 other countries who have called RHTH home over the years, our most heartfelt thanks to everyone at UW Hospital for all the sacrifices and compassion they have shown to help get our community through the greatest medical crisis of our lifetime.  We love and appreciate everything you do each and every day.  You are our greatest heroes!

or send to:
Restoring Hope Transplant House
7457 Terrace Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562 
We Are Still Open To Families In Need Of Essential Care
Extra Pandemic Precautions In Place
We are still open to our transplant families in need of essential care with several additional cautionary measures put in place through Covid than depicted in the above flyer. With very strict restrictions on guest access at UW Hospital our numbers are down significantly this year, but we want to be part of the solution whenever we possibly can.  If you are a repeat guest or looking to stay at RHTH for the first time, please contact us at 608-831-1726 so that we can discuss your situation and determine whether we are a good fit for you during this time of heightened caution from Covid.  Together, with your cooperation and understanding, we can get through the remainder of this safely!

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.