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Oct 21, 2014
In the SF Chronicle!

The San Francisco Chronicle ran a wonderful story about George Mark Children's House on the front page last weekend. Please click here to read.

 

Oct 16, 2014
Take a Virtual Tour!

Please enjoy a visit to George Mark Children's House in this quick introductory virtual tour. For more information call 510.346.4624 or email info@georgemark.org.


Oct 9, 2014
Make a birthday extraordinary!

We love celebrating birthdays at George Mark Children’s House! George Mark is celebrating an important birthday this year ‐ 10 years of providing groundbreaking pediatric palliative care to hundreds of courageous children, teens, young adults, and their families.

I’d like to share the story of another very special birthday we just had the pleasure of celebrating…

Carolina just returned to George Mark Children’s House to enjoy her birthday, one that she didn’t know if she would be around to celebrate. The guest list included family and friends, and staff from both Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and George Mark Children’s House, whose collaboration helped facilitate a remarkable health turnaround in this courageous and lovely young woman.

Your continued support of George Mark funds unique and powerful programs that make a lasting difference in the lives of so many children and families.

Earlier this year, Carolina came for a six‐week stay at George Mark Children’s House for Transitional Care. Diagnosed in her mid‐teens with acute lymphoblastic leukemia with complications, there was little hope of a long term cure. Carolina had just been readmitted to Stanford Children’s Hospital after an acute episode. Her condition was declining and her spirits were at an all‐time low.

The team at Lucile Packard recognized that in addition to medical care, Carolina needed emotional and spiritual support, as well as time to rest and regain her strength if that was possible. After meeting with Carolina and her father, the decision was made to admit Carolina to George Mark Children’s House.

When Carolina arrived, George Mark Children’s House continued the top quality medical care she was accustomed to receiving for her diagnosis. In addition, Carolina and her family received counseling and psychosocial support. Our dedicated volunteers spent quality time with Carolina each day, engaging her in activities she loved, especially art and music. They even helped fill her room with handmade paper butterflies, Carolina’s favorite symbol and a source of great
inspiration for her.

Carolina began to regain her health and strength. Her attitude improved dramatically. She began making plans for her future again.

As her discharge day grew near, George Mark Children’s House coordinated with her family and primary medical team to ensure that Carolina would also receive ongoing support services at home while her father was at work, including weekday meals and counseling.

When the time came to leave George Mark, Carolina returned home with a new focus on life. Now five months later, supported by family and friends, Carolina continues to thrive, spending quality time with family and friends. She also participates in weekly pulmonary rehab sessions ‐ something she did not have sufficient strength for prior to her stay at George Mark.

Thank you for giving as generously as you can to George Mark Children’s House! Your support makes stories like Carolina’s – stories of hope, courage and celebration – possible.

Warm regards,

Ken Sommer
Director of Advancement

P.S. Your gift to George Mark Children’s House helps make birthdays, and every day, extraordinary!

P.P.S. Thank you for sending in your tax deductible donation today.

Jul 8, 2014
Front page news!

Bay Area News Group ran a wonderful piece about George Mark Children's House.
Please click here to read the story.

Photo of Clebergs at George Mark Children's House courtesy of Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group

May 27, 2014
Watch GMCH on KTVU Channel 2!

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