Welcome to Stephen Marshall's Fundraising Page
The 9th Annual Jill's House Ride
June 17, 2017
I'm participating in the 2017 Ride in memory of my daughter Cassie, a student at Falls Church High School who died in 2006 at age 17 of complications from cerebral palsy. Cassie was non-verbal but her giggle and nose-crinkling smile lit up the world around her. More than 500 attendees jammed the church for her memorial Mass, including special-needs classmates, therapists, doctors - even the ambulance crew.
During her life, we were able to use Access Ministry to provide brief respite from our devoted caregiving for her, and when Jill's House opened, I loved the idea of special-needs families having a safe place for their beloved children that would provide families with a break. My last several Rides for Jill's House have been very successful, thanks to your generosity, and I'd like to continue the streak with the 2017 ride.
A night at Jill's House, during which children are supervised by expert and loving medical staff, costs $125.
With this year's ride, I am also honoring Cassie's beloved Grammy Peg - my mother-in-law, Peg George, who passed away at age 90. Peg shared a very special bond with Cassie, and I'd like to think that Cassie, Grammy Peg and my late wife Meg are sharing heavenly moments together.
So I invite you to partner with me to celebrate and honor the courageous families and inspiring children Jill’s House serves. Families raising children with special needs face tremendous strain, experience high rates of divorce, and lead very isolated lives. Your support enables Jill’s House to give these parents a time to just breathe—saving marriages, restoring families, and releasing a sense of hope they never thought possible. Since opening, Jill’s House has delivered 500,000+ hours of loving care to 500+ families. But every single day, a new family registers their child to come stay at Jill’s House! The demand is overwhelming. Jill’s House needs more staff and resources to care for these kids. The Ride is a fun, rallying point for us all to support this life-breathing organization. Will you join me to lead this effort? Our goal is to raise $100,000. Please help us reach that goal. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
Thank you for supporting Jill's House. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
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