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News Release
Thursday, November 02, 2017

A “Home Away From Home” For The Youngest Among Us…

HOUSTON - Susana Obregon is a beautiful little girl from El Paso, Texas who’s already been through more than any child should have to endure in life. At the tender age of 7 she’s already had two stem cell transplants at Texas Children’s Hospital and received a cutting edge new treatment in Philadelphia known as Cart 19.

You see, Susana suffers from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or A.L.L., which her mother (also named Susana) was told is supposed to be one of the best cancers to have … but after three relapses, Mrs. Obregon is not so sure. Susana had her first stem cell transplant when she was just 4 years old and she and her mother had to be in Houston for four months. This year, for her second stem cell transplant, she had to be in Houston for five months. Each time one of the main concerns was, where are we going to live? Mrs. Obregon said, “We were always worried about where we were going to stay. We never wanted to stay at a hotel as it’s not clean enough.” She went on to say that, “It’s not easy to face this kind of diagnosis, face cancer, and then worry about where you’re going to stay. We have all sorts of medical expenses.” Because of Halo House, “We don’t have to worry about where we are going to live, or what are we going to do, that I can afford.”

The Obregon’s have faced many challenges including lots of time away from home and the uncertainty that comes with cancer treatment. Mrs. Obregon said, “Our life is very different. I’ve learned more about life in the last 5 years than the last 30. I wish it wouldn’t have been so hard on my kids and my family. In the end it’s one of those life lessons. We don’t know the people we were before.”

Susana has been battling cancer since she was 4 years old and “she doesn’t know anything different” said her mom. We are happy to let you know that Susana received good news in October, and she got to go home to have a chance to be a normal, healthy and happy little girl with her younger sister Ivana. To date, Halo House has helped 270 families and provided over 17,000 days of housing.


Halo House is in the final phase of a capital campaign to build a 42,000 sq ft, 33 unit facility with ground-breaking scheduled for January, 2018. The new Halo House will provide over 11,000 days of housing per year, tripling the number of families that we serve annually. Four of those units will have two bedrooms to accommodate families with small children, like Susana. A play area is planned for children. Executive Director Kathleen Fowler said, “Once we have our new facility, we plan to reach out to hospitals like Texas Children’s Hospital to let them know we are available to help house their young cancer patients who need a place to stay while receiving treatment.”

Halo House is looking for a few “angels” to help them meet their challenge grant deadline. Of Halo House’s $12.1 million project cost, $1 million is needed by December 31, 2017. If you would like to partner with Halo House to help the Houston community, the Texas Medical Center, and the patients and families they serve, please call 713-665-8852, or visit their website at for more information. Naming opportunities are available at all contribution levels.


Halo House is a 501 (c3) public charity founded in 2009 by MD Anderson Cancer Center oncologist Dr. Nathan Fowler and his mother, retired business owner Kathleen Fowler. Their vision is that one day no one battling the blood cancers leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma will have to worry about where they are going to live during treatment in Houston or going bankrupt while paying for living, eating, and parking expenses here and their rent or mortgage back home.

These patients come to Houston because treatment has failed or is not available locally, and they’ve been told by their doctor that coming to the Texas Medical Center is their best chance of survival. Halo House apartments are $20 per day, an amount that is substantially lower than area hotels, which average $120 - $229/night. Since opening the doors to its first two apartments in 2011, Halo House has expanded to 11 apartments. Halo House has 85 to 100 people on our wait list every day who must wait an average of three months before an Halo House apartment becomes available.

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