WHERE HOPE HAS A HOME
Every parent hopes their child will be healthy. No parent is ever fully prepared to learn their child has significant health issues requiring extensive pediatric medical care. Quantum House - based in Palm Beach County, Florida - is a home that lessens the burden for families whose child is receiving medical care and treatment for a serious medical condition. Though all House families come from different backgrounds and are facing different challenges, they all have something in common: they'll do anything to see their child get better.
Quantum House opened in 2001 as a haven with 10 bedrooms on the campus of St. Mary’s Medical Center - a valuable resource for pediatric care. Today, the House provides 30 guest suites and serves 1,000 family member annually. Families are able to focus their energy on getting the best medical care possible for their child while the House takes care of non-medical and day-to–day living needs including lodging, meals and a host of family resources.
Quantum House asks for a nightly donation of $40 but no family is ever turned away for an inability to pay. Financial support from individual donors and organizations like the Tony Stewart Foundation help provide the funding necessary to run this invaluable resource for families needing a helping hand.
FOCUS ON FAMILY
Staff and volunteers at Quantum House know that one child’s illness impacts the entire family. So, the House offers activities and programs for the entire family – siblings are welcomed! The activity level at the House is almost always in high gear with programs often made possible through generous donors – individuals and local companies.
The Bricks Busting Boredom Lego Party held March 10 at the Quantum House was a huge success. The kids had a wonderful time building their own Lego creations, playing pin the head on the Lego, eating pizza and enjoying Jupiter Donuts. Each child went back to their room with a Lego set of their choice.
THE FAMILIES WILL TELL YOU
Eleanor has had several surgeries to correct a birth defect, so in many ways, she’s used to the hard days and the difficult recovery. But in so many more ways, she just wants to be home having fun with her friends. One afternoon, Eleanor’s mom Hulya found Eleanor laughing in the playroom with a volunteer and a pet therapy dog.
“She found the light at the end of her tunnel,” Hulya explained. “Earlier she asked, ‘Why is this tunnel sooooo long and so dark?’ I’m so glad she found her light.”
Before Eleanor left Quantum House, she wrote a note. In Eleanor’s careful 8-year-old handwriting: “Quantum House has been so good to me. I love it here!!
Luca was playing outside when he fell and hit his head. Luca hit his head hard. He was rushed to the emergency room and admitted into pediatric intensive care. Those first days were almost impossible for his family as they sat and waited for answers.
Without the House, Luca would have spent many scary hours alone in his hospital room. His family would have been forced to commute half an hour when possible, add a hotel bill to mounting expenses or separate to make sure one parent was available to help keep up with the brothers’ school schedules.
Luca’s family didn’t have to worry about that because they stayed at Quantum House.
“We had to come back and visit!” Kimberly and Bernard stayed at Quantum House while Trinity waited for a diagnosis and fought to survive. "The unknown is what drove us crazy, but we were right by her side every step."
A year later, and they couldn't resist stopping by to say hello.
"It was one of the best blessings knowing we were just a walk away."
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