Team Robillard and Friends
Good day everyone and welcome to the Fisher House - "Team Robillard and Friends" running page!
On the weekend of 26-29 September, the Fisher House is hosting a virtual run (or walk) in an effort to raise funds. The run is either a 5K or 10K -- or anywhere in between -- and can be done on your own time. If you would like to join the team, just sign up! It's $26 to register to run (or walk) and you'll get sent some SWAG. You may also donate (and if so, you are too generous!) but our goal is just to get the word out and solicit lots of team members.
For those of you who don't know, the Fisher House works specifically with the military to provide free housing to family members of a hospital patient. Their 75+ houses are located in Europe and the U.S. near military and VA medical facilities and offer furnished suites and common kitchens so families can focus on their loved ones. Read below for a personal story, if you'd like.
And now, you can click on the link and join us. The password is runFisher. And if you think you'll skip it, just consider that Alicia will be participating at 9 months pregnant in an attempt to make you feel guilty.
Thanks for joining!
The Robillard girls and friends
The Chwalik Family Fisher House Story
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.