Restoring Hope
RHTH Reunion Update
RHTH Family Reunion Sept 8: Register Today!
Hello Friends,

Here is a quick update from our recent newsletter about our upcoming Restoring Hope Transplant House Family Reunion event.  We hope to see many of you at Capital Brewery on Sunday, September 8th.  Please print, fill out and return registration soon so we can order event t-shirts and get a good feel for food.  Can't wait to see you all!
Print & Return Registration Form - LINK
Cap City 5K: How Finishing Last Felt Like Finishing First
While this is not our usual full monthly newsletter, we feel this story really needs to be shared: 
What a wonderful evening we all had for the recent Capital City 5k Transplant Walk/Run.  There were dozens of Restoring Hope Transplant House guests, friends and supporters at the event.  It felt like our very own Family Reunion. 

Something seriously needs to be said before it gets lost forever, though, about how you all helped to create one of the coolest moments I have ever witnessed that night.

As most of you know, Ben (first simultaneous heart and liver transplant recipient in UW history) and Liz (pancreas recipient) from La Crosse spent over 10 months at Restoring Hope Transplant House for various health related issues and are still back on a regular basis while trying to sort through it all. They have become some of my very best friends...we have been through a lot together.

At the end of the one mile mark, I pulled Liz aside and said "as your friend I really think you guys should stop here and take the bus back!" They both continued on with the rest of us.

Fast forward to the 2 mile cone where I told them both "I have NO problem finishing last and I would be happy to get you an Uber the rest of the way if you need it, but I really don't want to finish dead last all by myself at this let's go!"

One last stop at the 3 mile marker to catch a breath and some water and we can hear the emcee yell out..."looks like we have a few more can do it!"

With the finish line in sight, I could make out the silhouettes of several familiar Transplant House friends all waiting and cheering us on long after the other participants had taken off. I could hear Liz crying down the entire home stretch and I was even glad I was wearing sun glasses at the time. Then a big group of our friends started to walk back out through the finish line towards us to help guide Ben and the rest of us in triumphantly. Cheers, tears, loyal friends...we finished dead last in an event that had a gajillion participants and it was one of the proudest moments of our lives. Appreciate you all for making this such a special day!❤️

Where There's A Need There's A Lion
Hours before heading to the Cap City 5k, we learned that Restoring Hope Transplant House was overwhelmingly approved again as a Wisconsin Lions Club Program for the coming year.  Their continued support, compassion and generosity towards this house and our transplant family of guests is not only appreciated, but the single greatest reason that our doors remain open to families in need.   
The reaction of our many guests at the walk towards our Lions Club friend Peter Cerniglia as he volunteered at the 5k was so wonderful to see.  Hugs, handshakes, lengthy conversations.  Please know how much our guests appreciate your statewide efforts to help give them a caring and comfortable home away from home during what could be the most challenging journey of their lives.  Restoring Hope Transplant House is the first and only home designed specifically for transplant families in the state of Wisconsin.  Since opening in 2013, we have welcomed guests from all parts of Wisconsin, 40 different states and even 8 other countries.  We appreciate you all!
5k Family Looking For A Kidney Donor
Great to see our friend Mike and his family at the 5k, too.  Mike is actively looking for a kidney donor so he can one day be healthy enough to walk this great event with his family!  I had the good fortune to walk this event with several living kidney donors.  They are truly special people...would love to have Mike out there walking with us next year!
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  Please help!

Cindy says goodbye to recent transplant family
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.