AHRA is not just any non profit. They are the surprise when you think you have things handled. From Christmas presents to families battling not just cancer but other unexpected life threatening blood disorders,brightening a hospital room up, to a friendly meal on an extended hospital stay and still being there at the darkest moments when your drowning in grief from losing your child. There is more to list but this just a small snapshot of the things my family experienced. They are the angels of hope in all stages of battle.
Through my daughters bone marrow transplant journey AHRA has always been there for us. Three things come to mind when I think of how Amanda Hope has positively helped my family. The first is the meals that were provided while we were inpatient at the hospital. I would often be too scared to leave my child or even not wanting to spend money, but thanks to AHRA I often had meals provided. Second, I was often provided with gas and cafeteria gift cards. This relieved financial burdens on my family. Lastly, something that my girls could feel the impact of, was the spa days while waiting for our clinic appointments. AHRA always helped me with my two young girls, playing with them, holding them and even painting their nails. Being at appointments can be very stressful but because of Amanda Hope, our days were lighter and brighter. I have felt such amazing love and support through this organization, I now advocate and raise funds as often as possible. I am grateful for Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels.
I've watched this team work tirelessly to support and guide those dealing with the most terrible of times. Not only has their actions helped patients and families dealing with cancer, their breadth of knowledge had influenced the development of new medical techniques, procedures, equipment, and training. It's not the normal "we support research" platitude so many charities misuse: Amanda Hope is so involved with the people they impact, medical professionals seek them out as experts from patient care to the designing of new medical instruments.
From the top down, it's obvious this organization takes every opportunity to improve the lives of those around them, and proactively seek solutions. The unavoidable reality that children and adults deal with cancer is less lonely and traumatic because Amanda Hope is truly there for them.
Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels is such a blessing to families whose children are battling for their lives! Through a rough battle, our daughter has found great hope through AHRA! Dreams have been made real...comfort and care have been at her bedside time and time again...interactions with other patients have been provided (POWERFUL)...and a never-ending level of love, support, strength and vision for the future continues to give her HOPE! Just last summer, we almost lost her once again when she went into cardiac arrest while being out of state. AHRA rallied their resources and made it possible for her to return back home safely to her home hospital. We are FOREVER thankful for this incredible miracle!
Not only are families emotionally burdened with the reality of their child's/sibling's mortality, but the financial burdens can be crushing for families like ours. Amanda Hope brings dignity and respect to families, providing Financial Assistance with gas cards, grocery cards, utility bills and so forth. When the load is lighter, families are able to continue fighting with hope and a renewed sense of strength!
Now, as a I get the chance to work behind the scenes with other "fighting" families, I see the depth of impact that AHRA is having in our community. Just this last week, a families' electricity was going to be turned off while their child was in treatment for cancer. When I was able to make the call to let them know the bill was paid, this sweet mother started to sob. Her gratitude was overwhelming...and we connected deeply as I understood the worry she was facing. What a miracle maker AHRA truly is!
Without a doubt, Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels is a life-changing foundation who goes above and beyond to bring dignity, hope, comfort and care to families across our nation!
Amazing organization that provides incredible shirts & many other needed resources to families battling childhood cancer.
I have been working as a volunteer for a while. This program allows for children and families who are battling childhood cancer to feel more safe and have more dignity while having the worst outcome. In my experience Lorraine and Amanda Hope office have touched so many lives and made a huge difference in our community alone and I can’t wait to see where it goes while being apart of it.
It was definitely the workings of Miss Amanda from heaven. I had asked God for direction to my next charity of interest and it was put in my lap (aka the mailbox). Fast forward a year and every time I step foot in the presence of the Amanda Hope Team, I am floored at their mission, their attitude, their compassion, and their strength to help in whatever way possible. They provide support, a shoulder to lean on and ask questions to, distractions, all for what is in my opinion, your (my) worst nightmare. Bright shirts, fun activities, parties in a bag, gift cards, love and of course Big Hugs spread the globe from Phoenix, AZ. We are lucky to have someone as determined as Lorraine in our community fighting for our children. I only wish I could give more to this cause...
I began volunteering with AHRAS 3 years ago and I can tell you truthfully that outside of having my children, this has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Lorraine Tallman began this charity as a last wish for her 12 year old daughter, Amanda, when Amanda was dying from cancer. Amanda told her mother that Lorraine "needed to take care of all the children who have cancer because they all don't have such great mothers" as she did. From that moment, Lorraine has made it her life mission to do just that, and I am blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization. I volunteer at Phoenix Children's hospital where we serve dinner once a month and lunch twice a month to the families. The family room is filled with children attached to IV poles, and parents who are devastated. At these dinners, aside from received great food, everyone has the opportunity to share experiences with others, and gain support from knowing others who currently are dealing with their fight against cancer. Lorraine knows every child and every family. Many parents struggle with financial difficulties. Gift cards to help them are available. Free bilingual counseling is available to the children (we call them "warriors") and their families at the AHRAS office. Because Amanda did not like her body being exposed during port accessing, she and Lorraine designed a T shirt that allows easy port access with body exposed. It is called a Comfy Cozy, and every warrior that enters the hospital receives a free Comfy Cozy. Dresses, sweatshirts and other apparel items have also been designed. Honestly, volunteering with AHRAS has been a life changing experience for me. Everyone associated with this foundation is compassionate and loving in a manner that is something I have never seen before. I have learned so much from working side by side with Lorraine and her incredible staff and volunteers. Currently, this program is expanding to many other cities. Lorraine Tallman is, without a doubt, the strongest most dedicated woman I have ever met. She puts smiles on the warriors faces, and gives of herself to help others who are fighting the fight. Recently, she has designed a port that directs the position of a needle inserted so that it can be accessed easily, with one try. The port has recently been approved for use. The gratitude I feel for being allowed to work as a volunteer for AHRAS is immense. It has been a life changing event for me. You cannot imagine how many warriors and their families have been helped by Lorraine Tallman and AHRAS. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Amanda hope is a great organization that brings joy to cancer warriors. I’ve volunteered with Amanda hope for almost 6 months and it has been a great opportunity. We’ve visited local hospitals and went door to door on the children floors to bring gifts, offer stickers, and offer to paint their nails. Their comfycozys are also an amazing product. They have so many different adaptive clothing with colorful designs that children enjoy wearing when being in the hospital.
I have the pleasure of working behind the scenes with Amanda Hope and planning crafting days right here in Nevada with my boss. I’m so thankful to be a part of this charity. Seeing the smiles on the kids faces makes my heart melt. Nothing in life compares to that moment when a child’s mind isn’t focused on their illness and they can be simply be a kid.
Amanda Hope is one of the best charities I have ever had the privilege of knowing and being involved in. Their vision, mission and core values are like none other. Lorraine is one of the most selfless and most compassionate individuals I have ever come to know. She offers her time, presence and heart with such grace that families in pain are drawn to her warmth. Their mission to help families have hope and help in time of need is remarkable.
Amazing Charity. Lorraine and her team do an awesome job of helping families through the difficult and scary journey of childhood cancer. The organization not only provides support, both financially and emotionally, they also provide special t-shirts that have zippers and pockets for port tubes. They are hoping to expand to all hospitals across the United States.