At SeriousFun camps, children living with serious illnesses get to experience many firsts. For eight-year-old Nevaeh, who attended Transplant Week at North Star Reach in Michigan, it was her first time to ever swim in a lake. On the first day of camp, when she first touched the water, she was timid and scared. Two days later, she was running full force into the lake toward her new friends with an exuberant grin on her face. Your support gives children like Nevaeh the opportunity to take healthy risks in a safe and nurturing environment.
Maxwell was diagnosed before birth with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a birth defect where the left-side of the heart is underdeveloped, affecting normal blood flow. It can be fatal if untreated. Maxwell’s prenatal diagnosis gave his parents the chance to meet with cardiologists and surgeons and intervene early. After birth, he remained hospitalized on a feeding tube for over a month.
When he was three months old, Maxwell had a second surgery, and two years later he received heart catheterization. Maxwell is now living with a single ventricle, and has only been in circulatory arrest one time since. Maxwell’s story gives hope to other parents that all kids can have a fighting chance to be healthy and happy.
Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Dale Beatty remembers the day his life changed forever. On November 15, 2004, Dale was injured when an IED explosion flipped his Humvee, causing him to lose both legs. “It’s amazing how clear everything becomes when you think your next breath could be your last,” Dale says.
Thanks to Fisher House Foundation, Dale’s wife and children were able to stay by his side throughout the recovery and rehabilitation process and received the emotional support they all needed to heal. “Without Fisher House, I don’t know what my prognosis would have been, or where I would be now not having my family next to me.”
Today, Dale plays in a band, golfs and works to help other veterans. “I remain forever grateful,” he says.