UofL Cares Spotlight: Community Health Charities of Kentucky
(Editor's Note: This is the second of five UofL Cares spotlights.)
How your gift helps: Landon’s story
Landon is an energetic little guy. Like most kids his age, he is curious, fearless and has a knack for getting in trouble. Unlike most kids, Landon was born six weeks premature with sickle cell disease. He is now five years old and has been hospitalized countless times for blood transfusions, pneumonia, surgery and all types of infections. When he was 14 months old, his spleen stopped functioning and he became gravely ill. At the young age of two, Landon had his spleen removed at Kosair Children’s Hospital, an agency funded through Community Health Charities.
After that dark hour, Landon began red blood cell exchange therapy and has started to get stronger each month. His doctors feel they can maintain his present condition if he continues to respond to the treatments. He will eventually need a bone marrow transplant, but for now, his family is taking it one day at a time.
“We are so blessed to be able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville while Landon has his treatments,” noted April, Landon’s mom. “Hotels are not only financially draining, but strange and uncomfortable when you are sick. We feel so comfortable and welcome while we are at RMH.”
Ronald McDonald House of Kentuckiana, one of the 31 agencies funded through Community Health Charities, not only provides out-of-town families a place to stay when their children are receiving treatments at a hospital, they provide meals, activities, toiletries and the emotional support, making the stay as much like home as possible during a difficult time.
“It means so much to us as parents to see Landon be able to forget the hospital, doctors and pain for a while. We appreciated being able to get much needed rest in a safe, clean and friendly place. If we had to pick one favorite thing about the house, it would be the staff and volunteers. Everyone at RMH works so hard to help provide the families with comfort and stability. You can tell the staff and volunteers want to be at the House and believe in what it stands for. To everyone that works at the House and behind the scenes, we say ‘God bless you’.”
Thanks to your gifts through the UofL Cares campaign, families like Landon’s are working through some of life’s greatest challenges with a little more support this year. Your payroll deduction pledge can help Landon, his family, and others experience a little comfort when faced with life threatening health issues.
Whether you personally live with joint pain from arthritis or you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with MS, the unfortunate reality is that each of us will be impacted by the health issues Community Health Charities represents. Ultimately, CHC is working with member charities to find cures and the best possible treatments for some of the most prevalent health issues of our time. Your workplace contributions are helping fund local patient support services, research, prevention and educational outreach programs.