Mark Your Calendar:
Saturday, October 10! 2015 Halo House Gala “The Magic of Halo House”
Halo House 5K Run / Walk- Saturday, May 9
Halo House will host its first 5K on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7:30 am. The Run will start and finish near MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Medical Center. Advance registration required.
Runners and walkers are welcome! Join us for entertainment, refreshments, and fun for the whole family. This is a wonderful opportunity to put together your own team of family, friends, or co-workers, and show your support for Halo House. Register online for the race or to volunteer at http://halohouse5k.com/.
Helping Hand for Halo House
Jacob Nygaard, a sophomore at Lamar High School, as personally inspired to help our Halo House guests, and reached out to his neighbors with a personal letter requesting donations of household items needed by our families.The response was overwhelming! Jacob and his friends picked up dozens of bags filled with everything from light bulbs to Ziploc bags. “Anyone can make a difference” says Jacob.
The 2nd annual Laugh for Lymphoma was held at the Laugh Out Loud! Comedy Club in San Antonio on January 29 to an energetic crowd of over 200 people.
This special event celebrated the life of Dr. Karla Davalos, and honored lymphoma survivor, Halleta Heinrich. Thanks to the original comedy of Tommy Blaze, headliner, and Paul Varghese, there was no break in the laughter!
Over $50,000 was donated to Halo House from the event’s proceeds. Our thanks to Sheila Mayfield, Carla Nelson, Amy Garcia, Holly Bessing, Katie Russell, and all those who worked tirelessly to make the event a success!
A Good Time for A Good Cause: 2014 Halo House Gala
The most fun gala in Houston was held on Saturday, November 1 at Bayou City Event Center to a full house of over 500 guests.
The silent auction and cocktail reception began at 6:15 pm with about 150 silent auction items including original works of art, exquisite jewelry, fine dining, sports memorabilia, “staycations,” travel packages, and so much more, followed by dinner at 7:30. Entertainment by Cirque Imagination was a delight. Following the program the dance floor was taken over by the young, and young at heart.
Thank you, and our 2014 sponsors, for your overwhelming support!
Celgene, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Rebecca and Pat Clinch, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Ascende, MetroMarketing, PJS, Macquarie Energy, Dr. Thomas Buchholz, Cardno Haynes Whaley, McCoy Workplace Solutions, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, and Vaniam Group, LLC.
Halo House Foundation Selected as Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament Recipient
Halo House Foundation was selected as one of 36 nonprofit organizations across the US to be a recipient of this year’s Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament, and was presented with a check for $15,000 by Jeff Miller, Halliburton president, and Dave Lesar, Halliburton’s chairman and CEO.
Since 1993, The Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament has given almost $11 million to help nonprofit organizations strengthen our communities and improve the lives of those in need.
“Being a good corporate neighbor is embedded in our company’s culture – it’s part of who we are,” said Dave Lesar, Halliburton chairman and CEO. “The annual Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament raises millions of dollars in donations each year through our sponsors and participants to help charities that work diligently to fill the gaps in our communities. The charities we support through the tournament are the true champions.”
Tuesday Socials for Halo House Residents
Battling cancer in a new city, especially one as large and busy as Houston, can be overwhelming. For most of our Halo House families, they have had to leave their support system back home, hundreds or thousands of miles away. Their children, friends, and pets aren’t here to hug. Once a month our volunteers plan a get-together for Halo House families to share stories and make friends.
What is Halo House?
Since its founding in 2009, Halo House has become the answer for so many people who come to Houston to receive treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Halo House is dedicated to easing the stress and suffering of blood cancer patients of all ages by providing them with a safe, comfortable and affordable “home away from home” during treatment at the Texas Medical Center.
By eliminating financial barriers to care, Halo House enables more people to be able to afford access to life-saving cancer treatment in Houston.
Since we opened the doors to our first two apartments in January, 2011, Halo House has expanded from two to eight apartments, provided over 9,000 days of housing, and has helped 145 families from 19 states and four countries.
Unfortunately, the demand for our service is increasing. We have received hundreds of applications for help this year alone, and we are forced to turn away patients nearly every day.
We are currently providing housing in apartments we lease, but our goal is to build our own 22 unit apartment complex. We believe that owning a dedicated facility for patients and caregivers will enable us to provide housing at a low, sustainable, operating cost. Your donation will help us reach our goal!
THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to all of you who have been a part of making Halo House possible. We could not have done this without your generous support, your “hands-on” help, and your great ideas.