Volunteer Q&A: LaTonya Perez
1. Tell me about the moment you knew you wanted to be a volunteer with His Grace Foundation? During a Texas Business Travel Association meeting Val spoke and gave a testimonial of a patient's story and that touched my heart and I knew from that moment I wanted to help in any way possible. When Val offered to give us a tour I jumped at the opportunity. 2. What do you love most about volunteering with HGF? I love seeing the patients and their family members smile, it fills my heart with so much joy. 3. Is there a specific story (or moment) that comes to mind through your volunteering that you know you will never be able to forget? Volunteering during Christmas, stuffing stockings and seeing the pure JOY, gratitude and thankfulness on each patient, sibling and parent faces is something that will stay with me forever.
Annual Report 2020
Celebrating a year of hope and care! Read all about it at https://bit.ly/2Pu8Cmn.
Getting to Know You: A Q&A with Program Director Anna Boucher
His Grace Foundation welcomed Anna Boucher as our new Program Director just as 2020 came to an end. As a certified child life specialist with years of experience serving pediatric patients and their caregivers, Anna brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to our team. Our Communications Coordinator, Abby Perry, spoke with Anna about the journey that led her to HGF and what she’s looking forward to in the future. Click here to read! Part 1: https://hisgracefoundation.salsalabs.org/annaboucher Part 2: https://hisgracefoundation.salsalabs.org/annaboucher2
Celebrating a Successful Golf Tournament in a Challenging Year!
Thanks to the participation of so many of you, the tournament raised over $73,000 for the patients and families of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children's Hospital. Special thanks to Golf Status and The Dormie Network for providing technology and support that helped us manage the tournament and host a successful auction for a luxury golf trip—special thanks also to all who bid on the trip, including winner Mike Lancaster! Jeremy and Abner at Northgate Country Club ensured that our tournament ran as smoothly as possible. A very special thanks to Jim Coffey (left) who has served as the Chair of the His Grace Foundation Annual Charity Golf Tournament for 22 years! His commitment, diligence, and drive help us reach success year after year. Even during a global pandemic, Jim strove for an excellent, safe event that would create a great day for our golfers and raise funds for patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital.
Amazon Prime Day Fundraiser
Games and toys are flying off the shelves in the His Grace Foundation office as we prepare welcome baskets for new admissions. We're especially in need of gifts for middle-school-aged boys. As you do your Prime Day shopping, would you send a STEM kit, pair of headphones, or board game our way? Your purchase can be sent directly to our office where we'll add it to a basket or package for a patient and family in need of encouragement and comfort. Purchase at https://bit.ly/HGFNeededItems
Congratulations, Golf Tournament Winners!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament! 🎉 CONGRATULATIONS to our winners 🎉 First Place: Jeff Hehr, Kristina Mordaunt, Veronica Levet, and Gretchen Van Beers Second Place: Personal Administrators Team—Mike O'Meara, Danny Reagan, Al Cosart, Alex Cosart Third Place: USI Team—David Paris, Shane Nelson, Dan Kubitza
A Two-Minute Video Update from HGF!
In case you missed it a few weeks ago, watch this video for a short update on the ways you have empowered HGF to serve patients and families in the past several months. We couldn't offer housing, send activity packages to siblings, or pay electric bills for struggling families without you! Click here to watch: https://vimeo.com/448733065
Honoring Cancer Survivors
We're giving a standing ovation to all of the cancer survivors we've had the joy of knowing during His Grace Foundation's 23 years of serving the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children's Hospital. Will you celebrate them today by giving a gift to patients and families currently on the journey toward survival in honor of those further down the road? COVID-19 has led to job and income loss for many of the families we serve. They have immediate needs for basic necessities like gas to drive to clinic appointments. Help us reach our $2500 National Cancer Survivors Day (which we're stretching to a week!) goal by giving today at hisgracefoundation.org/Donate.aspx!
We're celebrating a smashing start to the summer! In just the first few days of this month, we've received $3660 from the Bite Me Fishing Podcast Virtual Fishing Tournament and $5000 from Enterprise Holdings. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Fishing Tournament Supporting HGF
Hey hey, fisherfolk! A virtual saltwater fishing tournament benefitting His Grace Foundation starts tomorrow, May 21 and goes through May 23. If you're an angler in the Gulf Coast — anywhere from Florida to South Texas — you're invited to participate. Learn more and register today at https://www.hookdfishing.io/bite-me
2019 Annual Report Available Now
We're excited to anounce that the His Grace Foundation 2019 Annual Report is available. Click here to read! https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/AnnualReport.aspx
HGF Responds to COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, His Grace Foundation cannot enter the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit or drop off groceries, necessities, or meals to families. This breaks our hearts as it drastically changes the ways we care for patients and families. However, we are committed to continuing to serve them so that they know they have not been forgotten. Please click https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/ImmediateNeeds.aspx to watch a short video from HGF Board Member, Cathy Marquis, whose daughter was a patient on the BMTU. She gives such a helpful glimpse into life behind those doors of isolation, and speaks to the way that something like COVID-19 would have added remarkable stress to their already difficult life. She'll also share ways you can help us alleviate the immediate needs families are facing today.
22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament Postponed
Dear Friends, Just like most of you, our past several days have been filled with making difficult decisions and adjusting to a new, albeit temporary, normal. As we focus our efforts on continuing services while keeping all patients and families as safe as possible, and consider how best to operate in these uncertain times, we've decided to postpone our 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament to September 14, 2020. If you have already registered, we will be in touch. And if you'd like to mark your calendar with something to look forward to in the fall, you can click on http://hisgracefoundation.org/Golf2020 to register for the tournament and to see sponsorship opportunities. May you and yours be well! Val Anderson Executive Director His Grace Foundation
Baby Love on the BMTU
Happy Valentine's Week, Friends of HGF! Our baby item welcome basket shelves need some refilling and you can help. We're hosting an Amazon Wish List drive all week long to stock up on blankets, toys, those adorable hooded towels, and other little necessities. You can purchase an item to be shipped directly to our office for as little as $6.99. If you just can't stand it and want to shop now, we won't stop you! Click on over to http://bit.ly/HGFBabyList (case-sensitive). Keep up with the drive at facebook.com/HisGraceFoundation.
Golf Registration is Open!
You're invited to join us on September 14 at Northgate Country Club for the 22nd Annual His Grace Foundation Charity Golf Tournament! Find out more: https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/Golf2020/
Junior League of Houston Awards HGF with Grant
Thank you to the Junior League of Houston for awarding His Grace Foundation a grant in the amount of $8000! We are so thankful for your ongoing support.
Deacons of Deadwood Grant $19,000 to His Grace Foundation
Our faithful supporters, the Deacons of Deadwood, granted $19,000 to His Grace Foundation this December after raising funds for children's organizations in Houston at their October gala. These funds will help us start 2020, the year when we will serve 25 inpatient families at a time rather than 15, with strength and grace.
His Grace Foundation Moves into West University Office
We are delighted to announce that His Grace Foundation has moved our office into Houston! For the past 22 years, we have based our operations in the Hockley/Tomball area. This began with HGF's inception when Erin Kiltz assembled welcome baskets in her Hockley living room and shared the vision with friends over coffee in her kitchen. We have occupied a few spaces since then—most recently making our home on the property of Jim & Diane Cutaia. In 2019, a record number of new patients will be admitted to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital. And so, despite our love for housing our office close to HGF's Hockley roots, we have determined that our office must move closer to Texas Children's Hospital in order to maintain excellence and efficiency in serving the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Father of former patient Kevin Reid, Jim Reid of Lennox Hill Holdings, LTD. has blessed HGF with access to office space in West University. We are now located at 2449 South Blvd, Suite 105—just 15 minutes from the hospital! This location will offer access to a greater number of volunteers who can serve not only at Texas Children’s Hospital but at our office as basket makers, holiday celebration preparers, and administrative helpers. If you’d like to join our volunteer efforts on the BMTU or at our office, please visit our Volunteer page https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/Volunteers.aspx. Thank you to all of our faithful supporters who stay by our side as we grow, serve, and love!
HGF Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Night
Oh, what a night! His Grace Foundation gathered our volunteers together on September 10th to honor their faithful service, reflect on memories past, and dream about what's to come in the years ahead. Thank you to Lory and Clark Whitley for hosting us, Betnie Bakes for donating the gorgeous and delicious cake, Tricia Barksdale Designs for the stunning floral arrangements, Brookwood In Georgetown (BiG) for the hot air balloon ornaments, and A La Carte Events & Catering for the delicious food. Above all, thank you to all of our volunteers—those who could attend and those who couldn't—for your devotion to the patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital. We couldn't do this without you. You can find pictures from this special evening at https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/Photos.aspx. If you are interested in volunteering, we have orientations coming up this month and next! Click here to learn more about our volunteering opportunities and orientation dates: https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/Volunteers.aspx.
Stop by OKRA Charity Saloon to Support HGF!
Thank you to OKRA Charity Saloon for selecting His Grace Foundation as one of four charities eligible to receive a portion of OKRA's proceeds. For the month of August, everyone who visits OKRA will receive one ticket per drink purchased. Tickets can be used to vote for HGF to receive funds from OKRA! Help HGF take home the proceeds by gathering up a group of friends for a night of fun at OKRA during the dog days of summer.
Volunteer Spotlight: Nury and Gloria Benitez
Nury and Gloria Benitez first entered the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit not as volunteers, but as siblings to a patient—their brother, Jeremy. “I was a freshman in high school,” Nury recalled. “I remember thinking the BMT floor was a lot colder than the oncology floor. Most kids weren't allowed out of their rooms and everything just seemed more clinical. His Grace helped changed that for us.” Now, Nury and Gloria are part of that change for other families. Over the years, they have assembled and delivered welcome baskets, served meals, and volunteered at the annual HGF golf tournaments. “As both a volunteer, and a former patient family member myself, I know how trying these times can be,” Nury said. “I’ve always loved how His Grace has taken my unique perspective into account so that they can better serve these families. I am also bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish, and love being able to make families feel more comfortable by speaking their native language.” Through conversations in both English and Spanish, unique understanding of the experiences of patient families, and joyful diligence, Nury and Gloria warm up patients and families on some of their coldest days.
Volunteer Spotlight: Beth Baker
When Beth’s friend Erin Kiltz asked if she’d like to be part of a new program serving patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children’s Hospital, Beth immediately said, “yes.” Now, decades later, Beth is one of the longest-serving volunteers of His Grace Foundation. That program Erin started grew into a nonprofit organization founded by Erin and her husband, John, and Beth has been there from the beginning. With a signature creative flair, Beth assembles eye-catching patient welcome baskets and arranges beautiful bouquets for HGF events. She fulfills weekly shopping lists for patient families, delivers meals, and decorates for fundraisers, volunteer appreciation parties, and puts together themed baskets to be auctioned off at HGF fundraisers. "I will do what anyone needs from me,” Beth said. “What could be more fulfilling than helping families? HGF is a part of my life that makes me feel like I’m contributing in a meaningful way.” You absolutely are, Beth!
Volunteer Spotlight: Kayla Holley
Kayla Holley became a His Grace Foundation volunteer in 2013 when her co-worker’s nephew was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia and came to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital. Kayla enjoys volunteering with her co-worker, Bea Naranjo, as well as her co-volunteer, Ana Rizvi. Ana and Kayla often serve meals to the families of the BMTU together—inviting them to join fellow caregivers for dinner around the table or offering to bring dinner to their rooms. “One catered meal means so much to the families,” Kayla said. “It’s a pleasant break from the cafeteria food or fast food that is their typical meal. The gratitude and smiles expressed by the families we feed make me feel like we are making a difference in these families lives even if only for dinnertime.”
Volunteer Spotlight: LaTonya Edmeade and Lynn Ripley
Lynn Ripley and LaTonya Edmeade became HGF volunteers "after hearing Val speak of the great courage the children have fighting for their lives on the BMTU," LaTonya says. She and Lynn are members of Texas Business Travel Association, a longtime HGF supporter. "Seeing the smile that a coffee, tea, and meal brings to the families is my favorite part of volunteering," LaTonya told us. "Every time I volunteer, I leave the hospital filled with joy." Lynn and LaTonya have served at HGF events on the BMTU—like the Valentine celebration pictured here—and off-site—like our golf tournaments and luncheons. We're so thankful for their faithful service!
HGF Receives $6,700 from Young Texans Against Cancer
Thank you to Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) for granting His Grace Foundation $6700. That's 224 personalized shopping trips for patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit!
Where Are They Now: Introducing A Series of Updates on Former Patients
His Grace Foundation staff delights in keeping up with many former patients and families. We love to watch their lives continue to unfold far beyond the seasons spent at Texas Children's Hospital. We are thrilled to announce the Where Are They Now series, which will offer you, our generous supporters and friends, a glimpse into the worlds of former bone marrow transplant patients. We're introducing the series with an update on Briana Donis. Click the following link to catch up with her! https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/StoryDetail.aspx?id=20
Texas Business Travel Association Awards HGF $15,000
Thank you to Texas Business Travel Association (TBTA) for awarding His Grace Foundation $15,000 and collecting an incredible number of items for our patient and family welcome baskets. We are so grateful for your three years of generous financial support!
Thankful for the Past and Looking Forward to the Future: An Update from Matthew Hogan, HGF Scholarship Recipient
In 2017, His Grace Foundation had the honor of giving a college scholarship to former bone marrow transplant patient Matthew Hogan through the His Grace Foundation Holly A. Hardy Educational Support and Scholarship Fund. We recently had the joy of catching up with Matt about his experience in college thus far and his hopes for the future, and here's what he'd like to share with you! "College is going fantastic. I am now a biomedical science major, and I love the course work, I think in part because of my personal experience with medicine. Also, I have been getting more and more involved in the local church in College Station which has been the highlight of my whole college experience so far, just getting to grow closer to God and serve others in such an awesome community. A&M has been such a great place to live and learn and ultimately earn my degree from; also how about that Aggie football! After college, I am very excited for how I will get to use all that I have learned, to be of benefit to my local community and hopefully the world at large, by pursuing a career in public health and likely going on to get a masters in public health. I would love to see the public better equipped and educated on how to live a healthier lifestyle and abroad I would love to see a significant reduction in deaths by infectious disease. So there is a lot to look forward to, and I am so thankful to be alive to see those things happen."
Volunteer Spotlight: Leigh Gose
Every week, HGF volunteer Leigh Gose lends a hand at our office in Hockley where she stocks toys for patients and gifts for caregivers, organizes our many shelves, and makes tailored welcome baskets. Leigh also helps with our weekly shopping service and assists with HGF events. We are so thankful for her faithful service!
Save the Date: Online Christmas Quilt Auction Benefitting HGF!
On Thanksgiving evening, His Grace Foundation will open an online auction for this gorgeous Christmas quilt created in honor of our namesake, Gracie Kiltz. The inscription is below. Save the Date for November 22-24 and get your bids ready! For Grace His Grace Foundation Christmas 2018 Pattern Quatrefoil Missouri Star Quilt Co Pieced by Penny Fish Rebekah Piland Quilted by GiGi’s Quilting Sept 2018-Oct 2018
Deacons of Deadwood Grant HGF $27,500
Thank you to the Deacons of Deadwood for a gift of $27,500 raised through their 17th Annual Charity Ball! We are so grateful for their continued generosity of His Grace Foundation as we provide physical, emotional, and financial support to patients and families of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital.
Gracie Kiltz, Inspiration for His Grace Foundation, is with Jesus
We are heartbroken to share with you that Gracie Kiltz, the inspiration and namesake of His Grace Foundation, passed away on September 8. Our loss here on earth is profound, but we know Gracie is dancing with Jesus in heaven. All who knew Gracie are invited to a Celebration of Life service at Georgetown Church of Christ on September 22, followed by a reception and dance party at the Sheraton Georgetown. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to DANCE. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:4 If you'd like to read more about Gracie's life, including the chapters that led to the birth of His Grace Foundation, we invite you to read her story here. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/miss-rebekah-grace-gracie-kiltz-obituary?pid=190192170&bypassCache=true
HGF Summer Sunshine Event Fills Patient Welcome Baskets
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Summer Sunshine Event last weekend! Boxes of welcome basket toys and games continue to arrive--we're so grateful. If you missed the event, you can still send a little something for a patient or caregiver straight to the HGF office to be added to a welcome basket! Find all HGF Amazon Wishlists at https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/DonateBasketItems.aspx.
Heisman Winners and NFL Players Visit the BMTU
It was our delight to introduce Heisman winners Mike Rozier, Billy Sims, and Eddie George to patients and families on the BMTU. Everywhere we looked, we saw surprises and smiles. Thank you to everyone who made this special day possible! You can see more pictures on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/HisGraceFoundation/posts/2041044679249186.
Kick Off Football Season with His Grace Foundation
It's nearly Game Day in more ways than one! As football season begins and you prepare to have friends over for the big game, consider collecting board games for patients on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at your party! Football not your thing? Ask your social or civic group to participate in a board game drive. You can also send a board game directly via http://bit.ly/HGFGameList.
Travis Arnold, Former BMTU Patient, Shares His Story
Listen to Travis Arnold, former BMTU patient, share his story of cancer, transplant, and life since then in this under two minute video! https://vimeo.com/223192022
Gina Arnold's Story
At the 2017 His Grace Foundational 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Gina Arnold, mom of former patient Travis Arnold, reflects on her family's time on the BMTU and how HIs Grace Foundation served them. https://vimeo.com/223201501
BMTU Patient Families - Join Us at the Golf Tournament!
If you are a current or former BMTU patient family, we would love to host you at the 19th Annual His Grace Foundation Charity Golf Tournament on May 15th at Northgate Country Club. You are welcome to join us as early as 10am or at any point through mid-afternoon. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you!
Val Anderson, HGF Executive Director, and Trach Ash, Mom of Former Patient Colby Ash, Interviewed on KBTX
On February 16, Rusty Surette, News Anchor, welcomed Val Anderson, His Grace Foundation Executive Director, and Tracy Ash, Mom of Former BMTU Patient Colby Ash (pictured above), on the Focus at Four segment of KBTX News. Tracy told the story of Colby's transplant and how helpful it was to have His Grace Foundation alongside them during their time at Texas Children's. Val shared about HGF's twenty years of service and announced HGF's new Amazon Wish Lists which allow you - yes you! - to purchase items that will go directly into patient welcome baskets: https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/DonateBasketItems.aspx. Click here to watch the interview: http://bit.ly/HGFonKBTX
His Grace Foundation Celebrates its Twentieth Birthday on Valentine's Day with Patients & Families on the BMTU
On Valentine's Day 1997, His Grace Foundation began serving patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital. Over those two decades, we have served approximately 1800 families and expanded our services far beyond what we could have imagined at the beginning. Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, we were able to host an all day party for our 20th Birthday and Valentine's Day on the BMTU, celebrating with lunch, dinner, treats, gift bags, massage therapy, art projects, and professional photography. Thank you to volunteers from the Texas Business Travel Association, HGF Board Member and Volunteers Marianne Lines and Lory Whitley, HGF Program Coordinator Carolyne Digel, Nothing Bundt Cakes West University, Craig Brown Massage Therapist, Andrea Scott Photography, The Faulk Foundation, and volunteers Lynn Ripley, LaTonya Perez-Edmeads, and Ana Rizvi for coming together in support of His Grace Foundation. Your participation made for a day that the patients and families on the BMTU won't soon forget, and they join us in appreciation for your kindness. Want to see more beautiful images from the celebration? Click here: https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/Photos.aspx!
Check out Our New Amazon Wish Lists!
One of our goals in 2017 is to increase our in-kind giving so that every dollar we receive in donations can be stretched even further. You can help us with this by purchasing small items for our welcome baskets via our new Amazon Wish Lists! Items are as low as $5, and every little thing has the ability to bring a smile to the face of a patient facing the last hope for a cure. Consider sharing these links on your social media feeds, or emailing them to a few friends, colleagues, or fellow community organization members who may want to partner with you in filling a basket! https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/DonateBasketItems.aspx
Help Us Celebrate Valentine's Day & HGF's 20th Birthday!
February 14, 2017 is His Grace Foundation's 20th Birthday and we will be celebrating on the BMTU all day long. We hope to raise $2000 toward catered lunch and dinner, Valentine photography for the BMTU families, massage for parents and caregivers, and a dessert cart. You can donate here https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/Donate.aspx and please note "Valentine's Day" in the comment box. We will recognize you or your company/organization with signage at the party as well as on our website and social media!
Charity Guild of Catholic Women Grants HGF $10,000
Thank you to the Charity Guild of Catholic Women for granting $10,000 to His Grace Foundation! As HGF approaches its twentieth birthday (just one week away!), these funds will help us continue to ensure a legacy of hope and care for the patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. From parking to welcome baskets to meals to massage, our services are made possible by generous donors, and greatly reduce the stress and encourage the hearts of those staying on the BMTU.
Upcoming HGF Volunteer Trainings
Are you interested in volunteering with His Grace Foundation? There are opportunities on the BMTU in Houston, or you can help with welcome baskets and more at our office in Hockley. Sign up for a volunteer training and check out the list of volunteer opportunities here: https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/Volunteers.aspx.
HGF & TCH Launch Quality of Life Program
We're delighted to announce a new extension of our partnership with Teas Children's Hospital - The Quality of Life Program which will serve the patients of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children's Hospital through hopeful and healing experiences. Long-term survivors will be invited to attend fun social events sponsored by the program, providing opportunities to spend time with other children and teens who have walked a similar road. Thank you to Chick-Fil-A Meyerland Plaza for hosting a Spirit Night for the program and donating a percentage of sales on January 16!
TBTA Charity Golf Tournament Benefits HGF
Thank you to the Texas Business Travel Association for benefiting His Grace Foundation though their 2016 Charity Golf Tournament. Their generous support of $25,000 will ensure a legacy of hope and care for the patients and families we serve.
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church Grants $5,600 to Housing for HGF Patients & Families
His Grace Foundation along with other organizations at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church on Sunday, 9/25, as one of the beneficiaries of their Outreach Sunday. HGF received $5,600 that will help secure temporary post-transplant housing for BMTU patients and families who must stay within 15-20 minute radius of Texas Children's Hospital.
The Silos on Sawyer Host Artful Dinner in Support of His Grace Foundation
A special thanks to Artists Erik Hagen and Vivian Pastor, and Chef Soren Pedersen for their involvement in making this artful event happen. Special thanks as well to the artists who contributed pieces of their lovely work to be sold in support of HGF. Those artists were: Erik Hagen Jen Lam Parmer Gwen Plunkett Claire Cusack Jeanette Powell Holly Hunter Berry Vivian Pastor C. Ellen Hart Paul Carola Laura Tyagi Myrrh Haslam Monique Weston Josena Arquieta Jane Mulholland Noelle Mulder **Images by Olivia Anderson Brown** Top Row: Guests enjoy dinner, drinks, and appetizers Bottom Row: Chef Soren Pedersen, HGF Executive Director Val Anderson, and Artist Erik Hagen
HGF Provides Forty Stuffed Backpacks to BMTU Patients and Families
Thank you to all who contributed toward our back to school drive! We were able to provide forty backpacks to patients both on the BMTU and in the outpatient clinic, as well as patient siblings. The backpacks were filled with pens, folders, paper, and other educational supplies. Some of the students who received backpacks were a part of the Summer Bridge Program, and the supplies they received directly helped them complete work and accomplish milestones that set them up to re-enter school on grade level, ready to succeed. We are so thankful for each of you who donated toward this specific need, helping us to stand in the gap for families whose needs are not only physical, emotional, and financial, but educational as well.
HGF Collaborates with Educators to Create First Ever Summer School Program at Texas Children's Hospital
For the children on the BMTU of TCH, keeping up with schoolwork can be an immense challenge, if not impossible. This summer, His Grace Foundation worked together with certified teachers to start the Summer Bridge Program, which provides tutoring and educational support to patients who would otherwise not have been able to promote to the next grade level this fall. The patients were provided with one-on-one educational support both in their hospital rooms and in the state-of-the-art classroom and library environment at TCH. This pilot program served 10 BMTU patients, preparing them to enter the school year successfully. The Summer Bridge Partners are Texas Children's Hospital, His Grace Foundation, Faust Foundation, Harris County Department of Education, City of Houston Public Library Digital, Community Services of Houston Independent School District, and Volunteer Services of Texas Children's Hospital. The program was made possible by the His Grace Foundation Holly A. Hardy Education and Scholarship Fund. Thank you to Donna Shanklin, Tracy Cook, Maria Martinez, Keith Hughes, Demetris Williams, Raegan Cook, Sandra Trevino, Leslie Paredes, Regina Burdett for your critical role in this exciting new venture.
Over $125k Raised at HGF Golf Tournament
Thank you to everyone - golfers, volunteers, patient families, and sponsors alike - who braved the heat on June 13th and joined us for the His Grace Foundation 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament! We are delighted to have raised over $125,000 that will directly benefit the patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital. The golfers enjoyed a delicious breakfast from Kajun Asian on Wheels, golfed while enjoying refreshments from Gordon's, Karbach, and No Label Brewery, then placed their bids on exciting silent auction items like a guitar signed by members of The Eagles, vacations, and sports memorabilia. The day on the green was made all the more special by the opportunity to meet former patients and their families, including Briana Donis who shared her story with the golfers during lunch. It was also a joy to share our hopes for the future of HGF including more post-transplant housing and educational support, and to celebrate all that has been accomplished on behalf of the BMTU families. See you next year! **THANK YOU to Our Sponsors** Platinum: Shrieve Chemical Tauber Oil Company Gold: Kerr Consulting Silver: AlliantGroup Enterprise Holdings Personal Administrators Bronze: LWL, Inc. Triumphus The Posoli Family The Pitre Family Mary Ann Munnerlyn Anderson Foundation Copper: Scott Gustasfson Tom Martin Amegy Bank Denver Plachy USI Southwest Wood Mackenzie In Honor of Tangie Wallace Team Chupi BP Patient Team Sponsored by Personal Administrators The Parking Spot Lori and Clark Whitley Bank of River Oaks Robert Half Ernst & Young Briggs & Veselka Wells Fargo Metegrity Jim & Annessia Coffey Special Thanks: Travis Arnold Nolan Naranjo Channing Kitzmann Leigh Gose Beth Baker Briana Donis The Best Western Organization Brookwood Community Courtyard by Marriott Houston N. Shenandoah Courtyard NaTasha Davis Ellen & Craig Brown HGF Advisory HGF Volunteers HGF Board of Directors The Houston Dash Emirates The Houston Dynamo Organization Houston Marriott Westchase Hyatt Regency of Houston Jocelyn LaCourse Melissa McChristian A'driane Nieves Joe & Brenda Stubbs Waller High School National Honor Society Chris Milum Ed & Jenny Orkand
Thank You to the Harry S. & Isabel C. Cameron Foundation
The patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital join the HGF board and staff in thanking the Harry S. & Isabel C. Cameron Foundation for recently granting HGF $9,000. We are honored to have their support as we continue developing and implementing hope-filled, practical services.
QBE Insurance Supports HGF with $10,000
Thank you to QBE Insurance for supporting our mission with a a $10,000 gift! This generous donation will directly support the patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital, ensuring a legacy of hope and care through our core services of welcome baskets, weekly shopping and meal deliveries. The patients and families we serve join us in thanking QBE for their generosity!
Junior League of Houston Benefits HGF
Thank you to The Junior League of Houston, Inc. for granting His Grace Foundation $8,000 toward furnishing of one of our post-transplant apartments! From Left to Right: Whitney Walsh (JLH Community Assistance Chairman), Val Anderson (HGF Executive Director), Olivia Brown (HGF Board Member), Mimi Forester (JLH President), Abby Khatiblou (JLH Community Vice President)
Houston Texans Select HGF as Beneficiary
Thank you to the Houston Texans for choosing His Grace Foundation as a beneficiary of $2500 during their #TexansCare campaign! This donation will ensure a legacy of hope and care as we continue supporting the patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital.
PreCheck Supports His Grace Foundation
As an organization that services the healthcare community, PreCheck is committed to supporting patients and their families beyond the work that we do each day. Last December, we had the opportunity to wrap up 2015 by supporting His Grace Foundation (HGF) and their efforts to provide physical, emotional and financial support for the patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) of Texas Children’s Hospital. Read more at http://www.precheck.com/blog/precheck-supports-hgf-his-grace-foundation
CWS Corporate Housing - Day of Service.
Thank you to CWS Corporate Housing for serving His Grace Foundation by purchasing items and delivering them as part of our weekly shopping service for families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children's Hospital!
Smokin' Hot Tennis Tournament
HGF was honored to be a beneficiary of the Smokin' Hot Tennis Tournament hosted by Lakewood Residents Club and Norchestor Neighborhood Club. Thank you to all who participated!
A New Opportunity: What's for Dinner Wednesdays
This spring, we launched the Sunny Side Up Saturdays Program, which now provides weekly brunches to the BMTU. In that spirit, we are excited to introduce the What's for Dinner Wednesdays Program, an opportunity for you to be a part of bringing tasty, nutritious meals and genuine encouragement to families midway through their difficult weeks. A What's for Dinner Wednesdays meal consists of an entree, sides, dessert and beverage delivered to individual patient rooms. His Grace Foundation will handle all ordering and delivery. Sponsorship is $250 per dinner. Donations may be made on our website at https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/Donate.aspx (please include “What's for Dinner Wednesdays Sponsorship” in the comments). You may also mail a check (please include “What's for Dinner Wednesdays Sponsorship” in the memo line) to: His Grace Foundation P.O. Box 722 Tomball, TX 77377.
$129,000 Raised at 17th Annual His Grace Foundation Charity Golf Tournament
What a day! Thank you to everyone who participated in our golf tournament on April 20th at Northgate Country Club. To the golfers who played, patient families who attended, sponsors who supported and volunteers who gave their best toward a successful tournament, we are so grateful for you! The tournament raised $129,000, which will directly impact families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital. We are honored to have the privilege of directing these funds toward the betterment of our programs and services. This year, we desire to expand our temporary housing options, grow our services for neonatal patients and increase our Family in Need Fund to provide greater financial assistance as crises arise in the lives of those we serve. Thank you to all who are helping make these dreams a reality!
New Sponsorship Opportunity: Sunny Side Up Saturdays
For 18 years, His Grace Foundation has provided physical, emotional and financial support to the patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children’s Hospital. We are committed to serving over 150 families each year with delicious, healthy meals that offer a taste and comfort of home. As our program continues to grow, it is both a priority and privilege to increase the number of meals we serve each month. The Sunny Side Up Saturdays Sponsorship Program offers you the opportunity to participate with us in brightening the weekends of caregivers whose lives have been consumed by the needs of their critically ill children. Families must stay on the BMTU for weeks or months at a time, isolated from family, friends and familiar surroundings, with limited, often undesirable meal options. A Sunny Side Up Saturday Brunch consists of an assortment of breakfast foods such as fresh fruit, breakfast wraps, pastries and yogurt. Sponsorship is $250 per brunch. Donations may be made on our website at https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/Donate.aspx (please include “Sunny Side Up Saturday Sponsorship” in the comments). You may also mail a check (please include “Sunny Side Up Saturday Sponsorship” in the memo line) to: His Grace Foundation P.O. Box 722 Tomball, TX 77377 Thank you for partnering with us!
Anyone Can Help HGF!
We have a great opportunity for ANYONE who desires to be a part of the mission of His Grace Foundation! CWS Corporate Housing has partnered with us to provide four drop-off locations throughout the Greater Houston Area to collect HGF welcome basket items. Each location has a specific list of accepted items, please see the lists below to determine the location nearest you! Invite your friends, co-workers, clubs, church groups and classes to participate with us and make a difference in the lives of patients and families on the BMTU. If you are in North Houston or The Woodlands, contact email@example.com for drop-off information. Marquis @ Clear Lake-501 Sarah Deel Dr, Webster, TX 77598 **All Items Must Be New (Hotel Toiletries are Accepted)** • 3-ring binder - pencil pouch • Action figures • Bagged Ghiradelli chocolate squares • Barbie doll • Infant/Toddler hand toys • Baby Receiving Blankets • Bath scrunchie • Beach ball • Disposable bibs • Blankets – fleece • Board games • Card games • Colored gel pens • Craft kits • Crayons (Crayola) • Dental floss • Deodorant • Dryer sheets – unscented – small box • Gift cards – Starbucks, iTunes, Chipotle ($5-20 – please mark with amount) Marquis @ Cinco Ranch-5303 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450 **All Items Must Be New (Hotel Toiletries are Accepted)** • Earplugs • Fruit snacks • Gift cards – Starbucks, iTunes, Chipotle ($5-20 – please mark with amount) • Handheld electronic games • Hangers • International brand coffee • Jolly Rancher suckers or small bagged candies • Journal • Laundry detergent- 32 oz. - unscented • Legos • Lint brush • Lotion • Magazines • Magna Doodle • Manicure set • Matchbox cars • Markers (Crayola) • Mirror • Model cars, planes, etc. for older boys • Mouthwash Marquis on Pin Oak-4848 Pin Oak Park, Houston, TX 77081 • Gift cards – Starbucks, iTunes, Chipotle ($5-20 – please mark with amount) • Movies • Music CDs • Nail polish • Nerf basketball set – over the door type • Onesies • Paper goods/Plates/Cups/Napkins/Silverware • Pencils • Pens • Picture frame (4x6, bright colors) • Playdough • Playing Cards • Polly Pocket • Popcorn- Microwave Packets • Postage stamps • Puzzle • Q-tips • Room spray • Scissors • Scotch tape Marquis @ Tanglewood-2400 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057 • Gift cards – Starbucks, iTunes, Chipotle ($5-20 – please mark with amount) • Shampoo • Shower gel • Sketchpads • Sleep mask • Small individual games • Soap holder for bar soap • Socks • Stationery & Notecards • Straws - bendable • Sugarless gum • Tea • Toothbrush/toothpaste • Toothbrush holder • Toys – all ages • Uno cards • Vaseline • Washcloths (4-pack) • Window markers
Registration is Open! HGF 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Join us as we start the climb to raise $135,000 for patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital. April 20, 2015 Northgate Country Club https://www.hisgracefoundation.org/GolfTourney.aspx Registration for individuals and teams, as well as sponsorship opportunities are available on the page linked above.
Save the Date - HGF 2014 Fall Luncheon
Join His Grace Foundation as we reach new heights on behalf of the patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children’s Hospital. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:30AM Houston Country Club Special Guest Emcee, Tom Abrahams, KTRK ABC13
Reaching New Heights Luncheon 2014: Celebration & Aspiration
Thank you to all who attended, supported and participated in our 2014 Reaching New Heights Luncheon at the Houston Country Club! The event raised $84,000 which will directly affect the patients and families we serve - we are so grateful! The luncheon was joyful, reflective and inspiring as we celebrated all that His Grace Foundation has been privileged to do in the past year and all it hopes to do in the future. Tom Abrahams of ABC13 was our event emcee and shared the story of how he came to be connected with His Grace Foundation through a friendship with a patient family. Lindsey Boggan, the mother of two former BMTU patients, shared how HGF had personally touched her life and given her the encouragement to press on during hard days through small touches of personal kindness and provision. Val Anderson, HGF Executive Director, shared many of our 2014 accomplishments, such as increased housing for outpatient families, a renovated BMTU family room and refurbished His Grace Place. She also encouraged attendees to be a part of helping HGF meet new goals in 2015, goals such as introducing new services specifically tailored to families with infants receiving neonatal care, and enhancing patient exam rooms to make them more child friendly. Today, we offer you the same opportunity to be a part of helping His Grace Foundation reach new heights on behalf of the patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital. As the year draws to a close, will you consider a gift in celebration of all HGF has done with your support this year, and all we hope to do in the year to come? We are forever grateful for your generosity and partnership!
Halliburton Gives His Grace Foundation $8400 Raised by Charity Golf Tournament
The patients and families served by His Grace Foundation join us in saying, "thank you!" to Halliburton for their generous donation! In addition to providing this wonderful gift, several Halliburton employees also took the time to visit the BMTU, meeting patients, parents and caregivers who will be direct recipients of their support. Thank you, Halliburton!
National Charity League Donates over 400 DVDs to Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Movie Library
His Grace Foundation would like to extend a huge "thank you!" to the Bayou City Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) for collecting, organizing and donating over 400 television shows and movies to the entertainment library on the BMTU. The mothers and daughters of NCL have been wonderful volunteers, continually seeking to participate in service and projects that will make a great impact for the patients and families we serve. This DVD library is no exception! Thank you NCL for providing the perfect gift for families and children in the midst of difficult, mundane days. Adults and children alike are sure to love the entertainment and mental break the enhanced library will provide.
HGF and Texas Children's Cancer Center to Provide Free Parking for BMTU Families
As many of you know, HGF recently lost the free parking previously provided by a generous corporate donor. Thank you to all of you who supported our effort to find a new plan for providing free parking for the BMTU families. The Texas Children's Cancer Center will now provide parking for inpatient families with Monday-Friday arrivals. HGF will provide parking for extenuating circumstances, weekend arrivals and holidays. Thank you, Texas Children's Cancer Center, for working with us to provide this tremendous financial relief for the families we serve.
HGF 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises $110,000!
Over 190 golfers showed their support for His Grace Foundation on April 28th at our annual tournament. It was a beautiful, warm day and the players commented on how much they enjoyed the course and meal after the tournament. But most of all, they loved the opportunity to meet former patients and patient families that HGF has served, especially the chance to hear from patient father Steve Phillips as he spoke of the bravery of his son in the face of great difficulty, and the profound impact that His Grace Foundation had on their weeks and months spent on the BMTU. Thank you to each and every golfer for supporting HGF by playing in the tournament and participating in the silent and live auctions - your generosity makes a significant impact on those we serve! A special thank you to our wonderful sponsors! Eagle Sponsors: Tauber Oil Company & Shrieve Chemical Gold Sponsors: Mary Ann Munnerlyn Anderson Foundation, Alliant Group & Goldman Sachs Silver Sponsors: Wells Fargo, Erin and John Kiltz, Amegy Bank, LWL, Inc. & The Posoli Family Bronze Sponsors: WoodMacKenzie, Briggs & Veselka, USI, Inc. & Bank of River Oaks
Matthew Fish Races in Ironman Texas to Benefit His Grace Foundation
Thank you to Matthew Fish for competing in Ironman Texas on behalf of His Grace Foundation! Matthew wrote the following words about his race experience and passion for HGF. I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for everyone's support for Ironman Texas 2014 and most importantly for His Grace Foundation...I am so grateful that such a wonderful Foundation will be able to give just that much more to families who need to endure the most. Thank you again to everyone who helped push me across that finish line! My endurance for their endurance! Matthew raised over $1100 for His Grace Foundation, funds which will directly support patients and families on the BMTU. Thank you for your effort on our behalf, Matthew, and congratulations on achieving your personal best race time!
HGF Executive Director Celebrates Ten Years with the Foundation
Congratulations to Executive Director Val Anderson who is celebrating 10 years with HGF. Among numerous other accomplishments, the foundation reached 501(c)3 status, has grown to provide outpatient housing and has greatly increased services to families on the BMTU while under Val's leadership. We asked Val to share with you her reflections on the last ten years of serving patients and families on the BMTU. Dear HGF Supporters, Volunteers and Friends, What a joy and honor these past ten years have been. I am immediately overwhelmed with gratitude as I begin to think on all that God has accomplished through HGF during this season. I am so thankful to John and Erin Kiltz, my dearest friends, for entrusting me with their beautiful vision, believing in the foundation they had laid and my ability to build upon it. Their faith in me, in HGF and most of all in God's plan has spurred me on time and time again throughout these past ten years. I am also deeply grateful for our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Volunteers, Supporters and Friends who partner with me in providing grace in the need of the moment to the precious families we serve. Above all, I'm beyond thankful to God for bringing every dream he planted in the heart of HGF to fruition and fullness. One of the most enjoyable parts of my job over these years has been cultivating HGF's relationship with Texas Children's Hospital, without whom we would not have this incredible opportunity to serve. As I've met with TCH Social Workers, we've been able to identify and fulfill specific needs for patients and families. Through working with the TCH Child Life Specialists, HGF has collaborated on and implemented activities and opportunities that brighten the days of patients during their long stay on an isolated unit. It has also been a great joy to work with our amazing core of volunteers, many of whom have served with us for years and are so diligent and consistent in their service. This close-knit group encourages me daily. One of the most exciting parts of serving as Executive Director is dreaming for the future of HGF. As I think on the next few years, I most look forward to finding ways to expand our post-transplant housing, to provide greater assistance to post-transplant families as they re-enter their day-to-day lives and to further our services in the outpatient clinic. We are pursuing the introduction of new facets to our program as well, such as music therapy for patients on the BMTU and college scholarships for former BMTU patients. These ideas and many more keep my wheels turning and heart beating for those we serve. Thank you all for each and every way you have supported HGF. It is an honor to serve by your side. Val Anderson Executive Director