“Hoops” and “Dribbles” Benefit Halo House
The women’s basketball team of St. Thomas University, led by coach Mike Ricks, dedicated their February 8 game to Halo House, and donated all the game’s proceeds to be donated to Halo House. These gals are as beautiful on the inside as on the outside!
“Hearts for Halo” Dinner
Excitement was in the air at the first annual “Hearts for Halo” dinner, generously sponsored by Ray Salti and Sorrel Urban Bistro. Award-winning cuisine was combined with plenty of Houston’s very special people for an fun evening with all proceeds benefitting Halo House.
Halo House Welcomes 100th Family!
Halo House hit another milestone, welcoming our 100th family to a Halo House apartment, on December 17. Carlos and his wife, Leider, are from Caracas, Venezuela, and they have been in Houston battling Carlos’ myeloma, for over a year. Soft spoken and smiling, Carlos is determined to beat his cancer and get back home. In the meantime, we are proud to be able to help.
Once a family is offered a Halo House apartment, they can stay with us for up to three months. The average time a family must wait after applying for an apartment is 2 and 1/2 months from the time we receive their application.
To date, about 50% of the patients and caregivers we serve are from Texas, but we have had people from 18 states, and 3 foreign countries stay with us. We wish we could do so much more.
Help Needed for Halo House Families
We are in need of a few “Angels” to donate funds for shuttle passes to take patients and caregivers from their apartments to the hospital. Parking is expensive (if they do have a car here in Houston), and each shuttle pass is only $12 for one person for a month. For all 16 guests and caregivers, it is only $96 per month. If you can help, or set up an automatic monthly donation to help with transportation, you would be a real “Angel.”
For about 10 years the Denby family has organized a service project to teach their children that Christmas is not just about receiving gifts, but helping others. Each person in the family is active in the project, whether planning, purchasing, or delivering the gifts.
This year the family selected Halo House for their project.
“Houston Stars: Dancing for a Cause 2013″ was held on Saturday, October 12th at the beautiful Bayou City Event Center
Because our dancers gave such stunning performances on Saturday, it is hard for many to appreciate how hard they worked, and how long they practiced. Special thanks to Gina Spagnola, President of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, for her tireless efforts to get the entire city of Galveston engaged in helping with housing for cancer patients and their families. Also to Ray Salti for hosting our special kick-off event.
Click HERE for details on last year’s gala and a link to event pictures.
What is Halo House?
Halo House is a public charity serving children and adults with blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma,) during the time the patient must live in Houston near the Texas Medical Center.
Halo House Foundation’s mission is to provide temporary housing to blood cancer patients while they are in active treatment at the Texas Medical Center (TMC).
Since we opened the doors to our first two apartments in January, 2011, Halo House has expanded from two to eight apartments, provided over 6,000 days of housing, and has helped 105 families from 18 states and three 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 long term 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.|