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Saturday, October 10! 2015 Halo House ”Magical Gala Celebration”
Please join us for a memorable night of magic, including cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Nothing but fun, and all for a good cause!
Click here to buy a table or make a reservation today: RESERVATIONS
Weezy’s Father & Son Invitational Golf Tournament
Weezy’s Father & Son Invitational Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the Wildcat Golf Club located at 12000 Almeda Road, Houston, TX 77045. There is an 8:30 AM Shotgun Start and we hope to see you there!
Click here to register: Weezy’s Golf Tournament Registration
On July 3rd Halo House Foundation celebrated the milestone of providing 10,000 days of housing to cancer patients! Our deepest gratitude to our dozens of dedicated and selfless volunteers, and to those who have provided financial support, for making this possible. Thank you!
… It’s interesting to note that our guests have come from 19 states and 4 countries, and that we have received applications from many more states and countries.
Study Establishes Link Between Bankruptcy and Cancer Mortality Rates
As if a cancer diagnosis is not distressing enough, an observational study presented at ASCO suggests that severe financial distress resulting from out-of-pocket costs associated with cancer treatment is associated with increased risk of death by 79%.
The Abstract was presented during an ASCO Clinical Science Symposium on Sunday, May 31, 2015.
To learn more, click here: Impact of Financial Distress on Cancer Patients.
Halo House 5K Run / Walk- Saturday, May 9
Halo House hosted its first 5K on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7:30 am with nearly 500 participants! We were fortunate the course was, appropriately, in the Texas Medical Center area, starting near MD Anderson.
Our special thanks to Linda, Jo-Lynne, Sharyl, Julie, and the whole team of SPG Ladies who brought in over $30,000 in sponsorships and donations!
Thanks to our great supporter, Tom Tiernan, for creating this fun video of the event: 5K Video
Serious runners competed for trophies, and many others walked to support the cause. Race times are located 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.
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?
Blood cancer can strike without warning. When it does, many families travel from across the United States and the world to receive care at one of Houston’s world class facilities. Therapy often requires extended stays of 6 months or more, and obtaining safe, affordable housing during treatment remains a significant obstacle for many.
Founded in 2009, the inspiration for Halo House came from Derek, a 26 year-old father who came to MD Anderson Cancer Center after his treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma failed in his home state of Florida. Derek’s inability to work during treatment, combined with frequent lengthy visits to Houston, quickly depleted the family’s savings, and threatened his ability to continue care.
Along with his mother, Kathleen Fowler, Dr. Fowler founded Halo House with the goal of helping provide cancer patients like Derek a “home away from home” here in Houston. With the help of co-workers, friends, and cancer survivors, the group acquired and furnished two apartments near the medical center in January, 2011. Over the past few years, the group has grown to over 75 volunteers, and now provides eight apartments to cancer patients traveling to Houston for treatment. One hundred sixty four (164) families have been guests at Halo House, many who would not have been able to stay in Houston without the foundation.
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.