Quantum House – Where Hope has a Home
Charlotte, NC (May 18, 2016) – Hard-driving 3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart is a self-professed “softie” for children – especially children facing serious illness. Tony knows first-hand that unexpected injury or illness can derail even the most steady individual. When families receive news that their child requires a lengthy hospital stay and aggressive treatment, their to-do list becomes unimaginably long. Quantum House is uniquely positioned to relieve families of stress and financial hardships as the only hospital hospitality house located between Fort Lauderdale (FL) and Orlando (FL).
For each of the past 15 years more than 500 family members have received a comfortable environment in which to stay including hot, nutritious meals and a host of services making the House feel like home. In March 2015, Quantum House announced its 7,000-square-foot, 20-room expansion and construction project. The Quantum House Welcome Home project is now complete allowing an additional 250-to-300 families to be served every year.
The families who can best tell the story of Quantum House are those who’ve called it home.
“’Your son has cancer’ were words I never thought I’d hear.” When Emily and her husband Jay checked into Quantum House, they were at a loss. They knew the next few weeks would be long, hard and exhausting. They knew they needed to be by Elijah’s side every step of the way.
Elijah went home with a smile. Treatments and doctors aren’t out of sight yet, but the whole family is ready. And if treatment is in Palm Beach County, Quantum House will be ready to step in again to be home.
“Although there’s no place like home, you sure do come in a close second.” Skyler and her mother called the House home while Skyler underwent surgery and physical therapy to correct birth defects. Skyler’s appointments were difficult. Some days it was just too hard for 7-year-old Skyler to find her usual smile. One of the House’s goals is to make finding that smile easy. With a House full of volunteers, therapy dogs and other kids, life at the House did feel like home, and Skyler had plenty of reasons to smile. Kids are engaged in activities emphasizing education and play, and not just medical trials. Pediatric patients and their siblings are encouraged to be kids!
For children staying at Quantum House, it isn’t just about medical maladies; it’s about making new friends, trying new things, keeping up with schoolwork and staying active. Quantum House is where Hope has a Home.
TONY STEWART, Driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing & President of The Tony Stewart Foundation:
What motivated you to start your foundation to help children, animals and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing?
I’ve been extremely lucky to pursue a racing career in its many forms. My foundation provides the vehicle to give back to others experiencing difficulty or trauma. It was easy to select children with critical illness or physical disabilities along with animals that are at-risk as I’m a big “softie” for both. And, including drivers injured in the sport of motor racing was essential as I certainly know the risks involved.
Why is the work of Quantum House so personally important to you?
As a grown-up, it’s scary and difficult to be going through a medical crisis. As a child – well, I can’t imagine it. And, for parents, they need a support system so they can focus on their child’s wellbeing and no worry about where to sleep or the next carryout meal. Quantum House, located in West Palm Beach (FL), receives an annual funding grant because they provide incredible services for these families. And, it’s more than simply a place to sleep and shower. The Family Care Program includes just about everything a family needs to call Quantum House their “home away from home”. There’s a Family Pantry and Chef for a Day programs to encourage home-cooked and family-centered meals. And, for the kids – whether the patient or their siblings – are provided all kinds of activities to help them just “be kids” as much as possible. Our Board also appreciated the large number of volunteers – almost 600 – supporting a small paid staff of 8 to create their terrific resource for families.
How, exactly, does your foundation assist organizations like Quantum House?
My foundation exists solely to provide funding grants to outstanding organizations throughout the United States. Since 2004 when the first grant was awarded, we have provided $6.5 million in funding. We receive a large number of applications and are able to select about 100 of the very best charities serving children, animals and drivers. To be selected a “TSF Grant Partner”, the organization must present a unique program or service along with solid financial stability and a way to measure success. Our TSF Slogan is “Accelerating Change” which mostly means that our funding grant is intended to help move a program or service to the next level.
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