Every Gift Matters!
Every Gift Matters!
by Susan Kricun
Attention Arizona residents – the state of Arizona just increased the tax credit amounts. You can now give up to $841 for married couples filing jointly and $421 for individual taxpayers. Your ongoing support means the world to us.
It’s so easy to take life for granted. We all do it from time to time. Imagine a world where either you or someone you know couldn’t take a break from parenting because their child had a life-limiting condition requiring around-the-clock critical medical care.
Parents of children who require this level of care are unable to rely on babysitters, extended family members, or engage in typical playdates or sleepovers because their children require intricate medical assistance and 24/7 treatments that are vital for their survival. These treatments include the management of tracheostomy tubes, feeding tubes, and the monitoring of seizure disorders, among other critical responsibilities.
With year-end giving on our minds, we want to share some heartwarming stories of how Ryan House is making a difference for families facing these challenges. We provide them with a precious opportunity to step away from nonstop caregiving and find relief from the extraordinary stress of their daily lives.
While they take a much-needed break, our dedicated expert care team eagerly welcomes their children with open arms and open hearts. We offer respite stays that provide children with complex medical needs an unmatched experience in a safe, loving environment, all completely free of charge, 365 days a year, made possible by your donations.
Imagine the joy when Cole’s parents were able to enjoy a weekend at the Country Thunder Music Festival knowing that he was having fun doing art projects in our crafts room. Or when Mattie’s parents took their other kids to the movies for the first time while he was enjoying playing with his favorite musical toy.
Think about the relief Ian and Jackson’s mom felt when she visited friends and family in North Carolina while they were competing in a cooking competition in our kitchen. Or the excitement of Hayden and Tanner’s mom as she ventured to Las Vegas for a Labor Day weekend trip with her girlfriends while they were playing video games in our Story of Me Room.
Consider the lasting memories Aaron’s mom created at Disneyland with her grandkids or the quality time that Quincy’s parents enjoyed reconnecting with one another taking long hikes and kayaking during a recent camping trip to Colorado. And what about Paisley’s grandparents? They found respite in their favorite places, Hawaii and the mountains, escaping the heat and rejuvenating their spirit.
Picture the smile on Ashley’s mom’s face as she fulfills her dream of visiting Ireland, or the sense of peace Jamar’s mom experienced when she visited her daughter while his dad finally got a chance to catch up on rest after countless sleepless nights due to Jamar’s nighttime seizures.
These moments of respite, just a few examples made possible by your generous contributions, are truly priceless, and they happen every day for Ryan House families, all because of you.
Thanks to your generous contributions, not only are we able to continue our mission-critical work of enriching the quality of life and creating cherished memories for children with life-limiting conditions but we are also able to continue to give their families a much-needed break from 24/7 caregiving.
Our parents can have peace of mind knowing that their children are being cared for by our professional care team, truly be themselves, and live their lives to the fullest in a safe, homelike environment where they are not singled out for their limitations. Strong bonds and friendships are formed with our staff and volunteers, and these children eagerly look forward to their visits time and time again.
Every day, our families face unimaginable challenges due to life-limiting conditions. With your generosity and support, Ryan House can continue to provide essential services, care, love, dignity, and compassion to medically fragile children and their families here in Arizona.
Families are never charged for the care we provide. It is only possible through your support.
Can we count on you to make a year-end gift today? If you’re an Arizona resident, you can also take advantage of the dollar-for-dollar Arizona Charitable Tax Credit program by designating Ryan House as the recipient of your tax dollars.
Every dollar you give makes a tremendous impact. Thank you for being a source of hope and light in the lives of these children and their families.