What We Do And Why We Do It!
Here to Serve, a 501 (c) (3) charity dedicated to collaboration and cooperation with the community, provides caregivers and their families non-medical support through a life-threatening health crisis with a loved one. Inspired by the medical trials in her own family, Founder Kathleen Quintas started Here to Serve to mobilize volunteers, businesses, corporations, and other nonprofit organizations to provide targeted care to families with children at home who have either a critically ill child or a parent going through a life-and-death medical crisis. Many caregivers don’t realize the challenges they will likely face when they start this journey...emotional, financial, physical, psychological and sometimes spiritual.
The support offered at the start of the journey, lulls many families to believe they will get through the medical crisis with the help of friends. But these journeys can last a long time and even the most well-intentioned family members and friends get overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude and length of the journey and support often wanes. Here to Serve operates best at the beginning of the crisis mobilizing and organizing people and resources to remain engaged throughout journey; all this without overwhelming the caregiver or a friend(s) or family member(s). Watch the NBC TV segment about Here to Serve to learn more about ways we help.
A story from one we have the honor of serving...
Hazel's Battle for Life
“Sunday, April 21, 2013…a day I will never forget. It is the day the word ‘cancer’ entered my vocabulary and reached inside the life of my 2-year-old daughter Hazel changing it forever and invading the lives of my entire family, extended family and friends,” shares Lauren. “This is the day my daughter Hazel (or Hazelnut, as we all like to call her) was diagnosed with high-risk Stage III neuroblastoma,” continues Lauren.
As Lauren and Aaron sat broken wondering where this inconceivable journey would take Hazel and the rest of the family, they settled into Hazelnut’s battle for life with a deep faith, incredible support and Here to Serve to communicate, mobilize and organize resources for their family. The journey has been arduous as Hazel has endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, surgeries, a stem cell transplant and more near-death experiences from the effects of aggressive chemotherapy than we care to describe.
Here to Serve has organized friends and neighbors to provide: meals, prayer support, help with Roscoe the dog, play dates for their children, house cleaning, grocery shopping, blood drives and fundraisers, decorating their home for Christmas, presents under the tree, and so much more! We may not be able to change the outcome of a medical journey, but care, prayer, help and support is bringing this family through their worst nightmare counting their blessings! Show your support by clicking on the gold “DONATE” button to provide a tax-deductible donation so we can support more families like Hazel’s.