Fisher House Foundation
Hello friends and family! Thank you for visiting my personal fundraising page for the Fisher House Foundation. As some of you already know, my husband, 1LT Nick Carr, is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the Wisconsin National Guard. In honor of him and his fellow soliders currently serving overseas, I've decided to raise money for the FHF while I train for my 6th marathon, with a goal of raising $1,000. This charity's mission is to build comfort homes where military and veteran families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital. As a military spouse, it is comforting to know charities such as the Fisher House Foundation exist in case we're ever in a situation such as the Chwalik family, whose story is outlined below (feel free to read for inspiration!). Thank you in advance for your support!
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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