Re: Susie 's Fundraising Page for 2019 Marine Corp Marathon: Request for Your Support for Team Fisher House to Help Military Families
Dear Friends and Family,
All of you know how much I enjoy training, running, and completing the Marine Corp Marathon which is my favorite running event on Sunday, October 27 this year. Many participants run for various charities and you know I have run for Team Fisher House Foundation for years now in order to provide long term housing, meals, and support for military individuals and their families while their loved ones receive medical care near hospitals. With your past support, there are now 82 Fisher Houses around the world!
I am asking for your support in contributing a tax deductible donation to Fisher House Foundation by October 20, 2019. Yes, I am late in sending this request and most of you know that there have been various family situations that continue to need my attention. Click on the GOLD DONATE BOX. If you prefer, to mail me a check, I will complete the paperwork and send to check to Fisher House Foundation. Thank you in advance for making a powerful difference in the lives of our awesome military families.
517 W. Lakeshore Dr.
Starkville, MS 39759
Read this story and please view the video at the bottom of the page about Senior Master Sergeant Richard (JOE) Chwalik’s family. Your heart will glow knowing that you have helped provide support.
Both Joe and his wife, Erika, stayed at a Fisher House near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center two different times. (I visited this same house when my brother Greg took me to Walter Reed Hospital.)
Senior Master Sergeant Richard (Joe) Chwalik was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries suffered during a deployment to Afghanistan. But it was the birth of his son, Jeremy, that brought Fisher House into his life.
When Jeremy was born, the Chwaliks were a dual-military couple stationed in Ramstein, Germany. His mom, Erika, knew there were going to be complications when he was born, but not the extent. The base hospital wasn’t equipped to deal with Jeremy’s two congenital heart issues, a club foot, and Down syndrome. He needed specialty pediatric care that meant leaving his dad and brother in Germany, while he and his mom came back to the States for his medical treatment.
Within hours of his birth, Jeremy and his mom were on a military cargo plane headed to Washington, D.C. After settling Jeremy into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Erika headed to the Fisher House.
This would be the first of many stays at a Fisher House for the Chwalik family, as little Jeremy received treatment as a newborn, and again four years later when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“Since Jeremy’s birth five years ago, the Fisher House has been a saving grace when we least expected it,” said Erika. “Fisher House allows you to have a normal life in an abnormal circumstance.”
You can help military and veterans’ families, like the Chwalik’s, feel that sense of normality when they need it most, during a medical crisis.
Donate with confidence: Fisher House has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator 15 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch/American Institute of Philanthropy.
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