My Fisher House Story
I first learned of Fisher House sitting in my dorm room at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on May 7, 1994. I had finished finals the previous day and I was eagerly waiting for my father to pick me up and take me home. As I waited, the phone rang... It was my mother. My father had been receiving radiation therapy and chemo for the past year to treat a brain tumor, but we were been hopeful that it was working.
"Your dad is at Bethesda Naval Hospital. His tumor metastacized and they think he only has 10 weeks to live. I'm coming to get you and putting you on the train to DC as soon as you get home."
My father's command helped my mother arrange for me to stay at Fisher House, which provides free lodging within minutes' walk of the hospital for military families with loved ones in the hospital. It became my home until my father was finally released to hospice and flown back home several weeks later.
You can help military and veterans’ families, like mine, 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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