jackson-4917-003Dan’s House of Hope – Houston

It was during one of Dan’s frequent trips to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston that the idea of a home away from home for adolescent and young adult cancer patients was born.  Dan’s vision: a welcoming escape for AYAs offering temporary shelter and community, a place to ease isolation and promote healing—a refuge in which to dream, to share, to engage in life and try to recapture a little bit of ‘normalcy’.  Dan’s house of hope would be comfortable, safe, affordable “… with a good sound system…,” plenty of gathering space, and (related to a keen interest in the culinary arts) a large, inviting, “always open” kitchen. It would be an oasis in Houston’s Texas Medical Center (TMC) area designed specifically for AYAs—late teens to mid-thirties and their caregivers.

Nearly 4000 AYAs traveled 100 miles or more in 2009 to receive cancer treatment in the TMC. 40% were from states across the United States; 6% were international patients.  Travel and housing are costly both financially and emotionally with variable lengths of stay in the Houston area ranging from several days to several months.

The need for more ‘homes away from home’ is compelling.  Join us in growing Dan’s House of Hope—an enduring legacy of foresight and promise for AYAs.