“THIS MEMPHIS HOUSE IS ‘HOPE’ FOR FAMILIES WHO CAN’T AFFORD HOTELS NEAR THEIR HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN.”
This statement is how Commercial Appeal reporter Tonya Weathersbee began her story today about the ribbon cutting and grand opening for the new CHF Family House, which took place yesterday.
From the CA story:
After losing her daughter to cancer nearly two months ago, Jamie Swain couldn’t have guessed that painting a door could give her so much joy.
Thing is, the door she painted is attached to the Chris Hope [Foundation] Family House. It’s a house for families who are, like Swain once was, grappling with the sickness and, in many cases, the impending death of children from cancer. …
“For me, honestly, that was the first time I had been happy to get out of the house. [Chris Hope] gave me something to do so I wouldn’t feel so lost and alone.”
Hope was recently channeling Swain’s joy as that door she painted was opened to people to tour the refurbished, roomy bungalow in the heart of Midtown.
Swain, who was accompanied by her daughters Kara and Destiny, said the Hope Family House will be a blessing to help families blunt the tragedy of the sickness, and in many cases, the impending death, of a child that they love.