Dear Fisher House,
Thank you for being a safe, comfortable haven as my husband received surgery and treatment for his recent cancer diagnosis. Being able to stay so close to the Eglin hospital during a such a stressful time truly was a blessing to us.
As a small token of our appreciation, we have ordered to be delivered to the house some food items from the local Sam’s Club to be available to future guests. The items ordered are healthy snacks, coffee, teas, etc. They will be arriving this week in three different shipments. Please provide at your discretion to the guests.
Again, thank you so much to Marc, John, Donny and Judyann, you all made our stay so comfortable and stress-free!
With great appreciation,
This week our home on Eglin has hosted a family with some not so great news. With current restrictions on house occupancy, one family member can stay at our house, the remaining members who are drawing near for those final precious moments will be staying at partner hotels. Their journey saddens me and makes me wish no one ever needed our comfort home. BUT it also makes me grateful for all the wonderful people who support our mission with time and treasure so that no one is ever turned away.
I received a call today from a credit union near Warner Robbins. They had an elderly member who recently passed and had designated the remaining proceeds from their retirement account to the Eglin Fisher House. An apology was offered as “it wasn’t much money.” I shared our gratitude and the message of timeliness for the young family saying their final goodbyes this week and that every amount is meaningful both to the giver and to us as the steward of those funds. A sweet moment because someone in Warner Robbins had some connection to the military, to our house specifically and wanted their remaining treasure spent on military and veteran families. It gave me comfort that needs are met through folks we will never meet.
Our generous community always comes through, even when it’s as far away as Warner Robbins, to remember a long life well lived, and another one cut tragically short through illness. (It actually made me weep to think of how random things really are not. Tears of joy for the kind donor’s meaningful gift to the tears of sadness for our family.)
The take away; life is short, no matter the length, love well, love often and make a difference in the lives of those around you.
Our board of directors is blessed with some great servant leaders. Today we celebrate Doc A, AKA Joe Agostinelli, USAF, Retired and distinguished member of our community and our Fisher House. He volunteers with us, the USO and he LOVES all things sports related. He can often be found on a diamond, his own field of dreams. Thanks Doc A for all you do for us and others. Here is a little video we did to celebrate wonderful you.
We are so blessed to have a fabulous team of caregivers who love our military families to the moon and back. Two are veterans themselves and we enjoy sharing special milestones for them and with them. On March 17, we are celebrating the birthday of our house manager, Marc Ambrose. He’s been with us now for 5 years and leads the team that brings comfort to our guests.
We made a little happy video for Marc, who is travelling to see family. View here.
What a day in the swamp! For the past two years, Camp Rudder and their leadership have invited military affairs members to a day of training. We did the river swim and swamp walk last year, and this year, Dan Nowers of Odyssey Systems Consulting Group and Fisher House board member received his certificate of achievement. Trust me, the river crossing AKA swim is neck deep and not for the faint of heart. Shiver me timbers!
Everyone had a great attitude and literally jumped right into the swamp to experience a tiny taste of the training our 6th Ranger Training Battalion Camp Rudder Army Ranger students endure.
The water was a chilly 50 degrees, but this group of civilians took it in stride. A reptile show was included in the tour and our attendees were able to get up close, and even a hands-on experience with some of the resident reptiles.
Thank you to our Rangers for their service to the nation and for welcoming us to their home.
Did you know? Our home on Eglin AFB is open to all services and a few student Rangers have been cared for in our home as they rehabilitate after injuries.