We had to travel from New Mexico to Aurora, Colorado when my daughter had to undergo a bone marrow transplant to address her Severe Aplastic Anemia in 2009. After she was discharged to continue her treatment outpatient, she was severely immuno-suppressed and we couldn't just move into a hotel with viruses flowing in and out with the guests.
The counselor from Brent's Place visited the tranplant unit weekly and made preparations for the day of our discharge. She was wonderful to the parents; calming their nerves and reassuring them that Brent's Place was the perfect place for our children to recover their immune systems from the rigorous bone marrow transplant process.
We were welcomed by a caring and experienced staff who showed us how to live in the "clean" apartment building. The cleanliness rules are strict, but are enforced with a gentle touch. The apartments are spacious and easy to keep, the house staff kept the building immaculate, and the activites planned for the families were appropriate.
I think what impressed me the most was the support of the volunteers who really make the place exceptional. A continuous flow of volunteers man the front desk, donate cleaning supplies, bring dinners, plan fun activities for the kids, and raise money.
I attended the Roadless Ride fundraiser and had no idea their volume of support. The fundraiser was so efficiently run, dozens of spinning class participants rode all day to raise funds, and volunteers attended to the riders needs very well. Brent's Place is a very quiet and secluded environment, and to see the sheer number of enthusiastic supporters and volunteers was just wonderful.
Brent's Place is very worthy of supporting for the simple fact that it helps save the lives of critically-ill children. Brent's Place also saves the souls of their families knowing that their kids are in a safe and clean environment to ease their recovery. We will always be grateful to the Brent Ely Foundation and the staff and volunteers at Brent's Place for helping us through the most difficult time of our lives.