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Halo House Breaks Ground on Cancer Patients Apartment Facility in the Shadow of MD Anderson Cancer Center
News Release
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

A Dream Come True…

HOUSTON – Although a little on the chilly side, it was a great day for a groundbreaking celebration! On Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10 AM, with over 100 people in attendance, Halo House Foundation broke ground on a 42,500 sq. ft., 33-unit apartment facility which will provide over 11,000 days of housing a year to blood cancer patients.

Among the attendees were capital campaign committee leaders Bradley Freels of Midway, Michael Morgan of the Morgan Group, and Pat and Rebecca Clinch of Midland, TX. Glenda and Russell Gordy of Gordy & Sons, and Chris McKee, MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development joined in the celebration and said a few words about why this project is meaningful to them. Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn, MD Anderson’s former President, also attended.

Donating their services to the project, the Morgan Group, Meeks + Partners Architecture, Kirksey Architecture, MP Studios, and the Office of James Burnett were all well represented. Donors and volunteers also braved the cold to show their support.

At the ceremony Executive Director Kathleen Fowler said the ground breaking, “Is a dream come true that was years in the making! … It has definitely been a team effort and we couldn’t have done it without the love and support of our wonderful volunteers, our donors, and the community!”

The new facility will feature a community room where guests can socialize and healthcare professionals can lead discussions on cancer related topics. There will be a fitness center to help patients and caregivers relieve stress, a chapel for quiet prayer and reflection, and peaceful gardens. Children battling a blood cancer will be welcome at Halo House in one of the four, two-bedroom apartments for families. The building will be completed in early 2019 and donations are welcomed.

ABOUT HALO HOUSE

Halo House is a 501 (c3) public charity founded by MD Anderson Cancer Center’s 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.

Halo House apartments are provided to patients for $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 served over 290 families and provided over 18,500 days of housing.




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