I had the good fortune of being introduced to this amazing organization through a fundraiser last year and fell in love with Christopher's Haven. The amount of genuine passion that goes into making these families feel as comfortably as possible is truly unbelievable. Christopher's Haven provides housing for families from all over the world who's children are battling cancer and getting treated in Boston. From the moment you walk into their facilities, you know you're somewhere special. Whenever a child finishes treatment, they get to ring a bell and then whole facility throws a party in celebration. I've seen these families come in and build beautiful relationships in a safe space with others who are battling the same thing. There is so much warmth and so much love that goes around Christopher's Haven and my greatest wish is to see it grow bigger and bigger as the years go on!
Christopher's Haven continuously finds ways to change the lives of families who have been given the worst possible news and must act quickly. These families are not only given a home, but by residing in one of the apartments at Emerson Place, they are also introduced to an understanding, second family-type of community. Most importantly, Christopher's Haven takes into account all who are effected by the illness, as siblings and family members are made to feel important and valid. God bless these families and the sweet souls behind Christopher's Haven!
A place where compassion and loving people through there toughest battles is a priority. Thank you for loving people!!
We were one of the first few families to stay in the first apartment in May-June 2007, while my daughter, Jamie Buchanan was in treatment. We LOVED it there! We wanted to stay in Boston permanently! Hi Anne Brogan! and Evelyn M! Is Paul still at reception? Who is the nurse there now?? I'd love to see pics of our apartment, right off the elevator, 6th floor!! You are all angels! ❤️❤️❤️
Andrea (Buchanan) Cardillo
My then eight year old daughter was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in May of 2008. Part of her treatment required radiation and her doctors at CHOP recommended proton therapy. At that time the closest facility offering proton therapy was Mass General.
Christopher'sHaven was a godsend to us for our six week stay in Boston during treatment. Despite being in Boston for obviously a traumatic reason, Chistopher's Haven made our stay otherwise a great experience.
Fast forward five years and my daughter is a happy healthy 13 year old today. We think of Boston as our second home and love the city. Thank you Christopher's Haven for being there for my family.
When my four year old son was diagnosed with a rare cancer, we decided to travel thousands of miles away from our home, job, family, and friends to give him the best possible care. When we first arrived in Boston, we spent a couple of nights in a hotel. When my son's nurse asked him if there was anything she could get for him he candidly replied, "dishes." He told her his new house did not have dishes. She smiled and called Christopher's Haven. Alone and in an unfamiliar city, the staff at Christopher's Haven welcomed us as family. My son was so happy there. He became the "superhero" that ran up and down the hall welcoming other families and visitors. He was able make new friends, and I was able to talk to other moms and dads that were going through difficult times as well. We became more than friends. We were sad when we had to leave. My son often asks, "when are we going back home to "our" apartment in Boston?" We had a wonderful experience at Christopher's Haven. The staff made a difficult time much easier for us.
My 4 year old has a recurrence of her cancer. She was originally diagnosed at age 3 and was treated at MGH. We stayed at Christopher's Haven in the summer of 2012 and they welcomed us back just this passed month to begin her second round of radiation. We have a beautiful apartment across the street from the hospital. The week day are busy with treatment for my sweet girl and we can quickly be home and play or rest as needed. In the weekend there is enough room to welcome my husband and second daughter.
This kind of a stay in this neighborhood would be cost prohibitive to my family. That is to say that My 4 year old would not be able to do this specific treatment if we could not afford a place to stay. Christopher's Haven makes it finically possible for my family to get the treatment we need. But, This place offers so much more then finicial support.
This place is nicely decorated with space to rest an play. The volunteers, interns and staff are here to serve us in so many ways. This place is run on compassion, kindness and generosity. I am humbled and grateful for the time this has given me to spend with my daughter.
I would recommend this to anyone. It has been a life saving organization for us.
We are grateful to the MGH and Christopher's Haven for making us fell we are at home. We stay from Jan 2013 until March 2013, and we felt loved . Absolute best place to stay to help family like us when coming from Miami area.
Love you Guys .
I am currently staying at Christopher's Haven with my twelve year old daughter who was diagnosed six month ago with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Lacrimal Gland. This was a very scary diagnosis, I suppose cancer is always a scary diagnosis but we could not find any children with this particular rare type of cancer. Then we found another girl from Florida and spoke to her mother who told us of Dr. Liebsch at MASS General and also about Christopher's Haven. Thank god that she did. Both Dr. Liebsch and Christopher's Haven have been a godsend! During previous visits CH was full and we stayed at a local hotel. Staying at a hotel for a long period of time not only costs a fortune but is soul destroying. CH is a home from home, such a cosy apartment kitted out with everything you could need, and only steps from the hospital. And having the loft is a great advantage, you can join whenever you want, or not. In a difficult situation, it makes the accommodation part so easy. Also there is a comfort in being with people who are going through a similar experience. We are very grateful to Christopher's Haven.