The Poydence Family
Zachary was diagnosed with an extremely rare brain cancer, Intracranial Extraskeletal Myxiod Chondrosarcoma. At age15, he had his first surgery to remove the brain tumor. After 6 months the tumor returned and he had to undergo a second surgery to remove the growing tumor. His oncologist recommended we travel to Philadelphia for 7 weeks of Proton Beam radiation. Ella's retreat has been a true blessing for our family. At a time in our lives when the worries and stress of our son's diagnosis along with the loss of wages and medical expenses, Ella's retreat not only paid for our lodging in full but found us the apartment and made all the arrangements! We are so grateful and cannot thank this amazing organization enough!
The Apple Family
Our sweet "Apple Jax" was diagnosed on his first birthday with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma. At the time we were informed Jax would need to go to Philadelphia for four weeks of proton therapy at CHOP to combat this horrible beast, Jax had already been thru multiple surgeries and procedures, six rounds of chemo, and two bone marrow transplants. Having a child with such a serious illness is a tremendous weight to carry daily and then to add into the mix the need to travel hundreds of miles from home to "live" for a month for desperately needed treatment and that weight becomes tremendous! Ella's Retreat was an absolute blessing for us. They took the burden of housing right off our backs and made it possible for us to enjoy our time in Philadelphia. We don't know how we would have done it without Ella's Retreat and can't adequately put into words how grateful we are. They are a wonderful organization, truly angels here on earth.
The George Family
When our daughter Elena was six years old, she was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma. We were researching CHOP and Penn Medicine when a Google search landed us at the Ella's Retreat website. Ella's Retreat responded quickly and, most amazingly, with an offer to pay for our entire stay in Philadelphia. We were flying by the seat of our pants, trying to make these huge decisions, and that was a huge comfort! Thanks to Ella's Retreat, we were able to coordinate not just accommodations in Philadelphia during Elena's treatment, but an apartment that came to feel like home. Philadelphia, you are a joy and a gem, and we love ya.
The Demko Family
"At a time in our lives that was overwhelmed with medical appointments, we were really stressed knowing our family would now have to temporarily relocate to another state for our son to receive further treatment. We had no idea how we would afford that expense, we just knew it had to be done. I cannot even explain the burden that was relieved from us when Ella's Retreat jumped in to pick up the expense of our six week hotel stay. They even made all of the arrangements! Quinn is now a year into post treatment and Ella's Retreat still checks in on him periodically." (www.hopeforquinn.com)
The Lommasson Family
"It was such a huge relief for me when I found out that Ella's Retreat was going to pick up the cost for our entire stay in Philadelphia while my daughter received proton radiation therapy. Without their support I'm not sure how I would of managed. It made Serena and my stay so comfortable and secure."
The Diaz Family
"We were so overcome by intense emotions, disbelief, and struggles to understand the medical treatment and options, that we couldn’t bring ourselves to think of the technical aspects of the process: travel, lodging, finances, and how to keep life as normal as possible for four little boys ranging from one to seven years old."
The McCarthy Family
"Ella's Retreat focuses on one thing: helping families with long term lodging while dealing with one of the most difficult and stressful situations a parent can be in...pediatric cancer treatment."
The Murdock Family
“Michael’s cancer diagnosis required radiation to be performed in 1 month following brain surgery. Ella’s Retreat was not only a great help financially, but also took the burden of searching for a place to live in an unfamiliar city off of our shoulders.”
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