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Review for A Shelter for Cancer Families (ASCF), Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After being diagnosed at age 57 with a very aggressive form of metastatic prostate cancer, my husband Tom sought treatment at MD Anderson. Though some (but not all) of the treatment regimes could be implemented at home in Fort Worth and some in Dallas by his local teams of doctors, we have made many trips to Houston, beginning in January of 2019. Despite trying to remain hopeful and Tom being brave with facing everything from biopsies to bone marrow aspirations to surgery and procedures to radiation courses to chemotherapy cycles to a clinical trial of immunotherapy to hormone therapy, the tangible and intangible costs of trying to slow the progression of this terrible disease have been mounting and adding so many extra layers of stress. We had just about reached our “breaking point” when Tom recently told me that we were going to have to find a way to more affordably stay in Houston than the hotel route we had been using. It was nothing short of a miraculous answer to prayer that within hours of that difficult discussion, a friend in Fort Worth contacted me about A Shelter for Cancer Families after having heard about it from a friend of hers in the Houston area. Tom and I immediately explored the helpful website and initiated the process of requesting housing for our first stay of 3 days and 2 nights. The housing manager, Tiffany, was so helpful with talking us through the process through phone calls, texting, emails, and in person. Now Tom is again staying at ASCF for several weeks of radiation at MDA. (I stayed home this time with our dog with the assurance that Tom would be comfortably nestled in his sanctuary of an apartment, where he is able to work remotely following each early weekday morning radiation session.) Blessings and many thanks to Missy Amschwand and her late husband, Tom, for their vision in founding this non-profit that has benefitted so many families facing this frightening cancer journey. Heartfelt thanks to the housing manager, Tiffany, for your incredible hospitality and help, and thank you so much to all the staff members and volunteers who have blessed my husband and me with the gift of this home away from home, free of charge. The most recent blessing received came in the form of a “Clean Up Cancer” basket containing various helpful supplies for Tom’s stay. What a thoughtful gift compiled by a Girl Scout Brownie Troop!

With great appreciation,

Jennifer (and Tom) Frey

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