My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for A Shelter for Cancer Families (ASCF), Houston, TX, USA
Being away from home is difficult. Being away from home when you have Cancer can be devastating. When my son and daughter both were diagnosed with cancer within two weeks of each other, my wife and I were shocked - and scared. We needed to visit hospitals in Houston and were hoping we could get some answers and help. We set up the visits to the hospitals, but where would we stay? How much money would we need for housing? How could we limit exposure to Covid? Houston was one of the worst places in the world for Covid cases. Cancer and its treatment was stressful enough emotionally and financially and we needed help. And we found help! A Shelter for Cancer Families was there for us. Knowing that we had two children with cancer, they provided two one-bedroom apartments next to each other, so our kids could rest as much as possible. And they took care of all our needs in a gracious, caring, and loving way. The location of the apartments and the accommodations and amenities they have provided make it all easy. But what it makes it work is how they communicate with you, offer to be there for you, and are there for you whenever you call. Since our first week-long visit to Houston for both children, we have had to visit again for a week and now are waiting for testing results before coming again for a long stay that will be needed for our son’s stem cell transplantation. Through all of these changes and the ups and downs that go with navigating your children’s illnesses with hospitals and insurance companies, A Shelter for Cancer Families has had our backs the whole time. The fight against cancer needs doctors and hospitals and medicine, for sure. But it also needs love and care from people around you. A Shelter for Cancer Families provides that personal love and care that is so important in the healing of mind, body, and spirit. We are so grateful to everyone at A Shelter for Cancer Families as it has made our battle with our children’s illnesses so much easier to fight!
With love and gratitude,
Matthew Pearson and Parvathy Anantnarayan