The Bajakian Family and the Fisher House
Hello friends and family!!
I am running my 7th Marine Corps Marathon on October 28th, 2018 with Team Fisher House!
I am late in the fundraising game this year, unfortunately, and I could use your help reaching my goal for this amazing organization.
Many of you know why the Fisher House means so much to our family and why they will always be a part of our lives. In 2010 my husband, Todd, was sent to the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany where he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. We were first introduced to the Fisher House in Landstuhl and were amazed that such a place existed. We were able to visit Todd while he was hospitalized and had a place to stay at for no cost. The following spring, Todd needed more aggressive treatment for his cancer, so our whole family left Germany to go to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. . We had no home while Todd was hospitalized so the Walter Reed Fisher House came to the rescue and became our wonderful "home" for almost two months. Todd continues to be cancer free today and I often think back to those scary times and wonder what our family would have done without the Fisher House. They were there for us and I am forever grateful.
There are currently 78 Fisher Houses located on 24 military installations and 33 VA medical centers. Many more houses are under construction or in design. These homes are built and operated by donations. Please help our active duty and retired military families continue to have a "home" they can go to while their loved ones are being medically treated.
Thank you for your support over the years!
The Bajakian Family
Senior Airman Heather Carter was looking forward to a long military career when disaster struck. Injured in a freak accident, Heather’s left leg was badly shattered, and her life was changed forever.
In her words: “I had been such an extrovert; I loved sports and loved life. Then the accident, and my life changed overnight, and so did I. The chronic pain forced me to isolate. I became a hermit. I was hooked on meds. Depression became rampant. And yes, I thought heavily about suicide.”
After 14 grueling surgeries over four years, Heather and her doctors made the tough decision to amputate her leg. Her mom, Vicky Carter, quit her job to be at her daughter’s side, and took on the role of caretaker and advocate during Heather’s rehabilitation process. They stayed at Fisher House for more than a year.
Describing her time at Fisher House, Vicky said “In your darkest hours, when you think you have nowhere to turn, Fisher House offers a glimmer of hope. It was like a hand reaching down and pulling you up. You knew it was going to be okay.”
You can help military and veterans families feel that glimmer of hope when they need it most, at a time of a medical crisis.
Donate with confidence: Fisher House has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 14 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch/American Institute of Philanthropy.
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