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.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Restoring Hope Transplant House