A hammock for Emily’s House

• June 24, 2013 • Comments (0)

IMG_5071IMG_5034IMG_5062IMG_5078IMG_5057IMG_5079Emily’s House is Toronto’s first and only children’s palliative care hospice.  It opens this Friday, and I was privileged to be able to attend the “pre-opening” party on Saturday.  It is a very peaceful place, and has 10 beds for seriously ill children.  In addition to providing full-time live-in care for these children to the end of their days, it also provides respite care (up to 28 days/year) for other families who do not require their services year round.   There are big comfortable chairs that fold out into beds in each room, so Mom and Dad can stay with their child.  There are beautiful gardens, patios, and quiet spaces, including a chapel on the top floor.   Lindsey Yeskoo, mother of Emily, for whom Emily’s House is named, says that what she wants to put in the chapel is “a hammock.”  This is because she gets 1-3 hours sleep a night.   I asked the director of the centre what was needed, and she said, “art.”   The walls are painted in a bright and whimsical fashion, but are otherwise bare.   She also mentioned that while they have raised an astounding $7 million of the $7.5 million required, the final bills are coming at the end of August, and they need to raise another $500,000 to pay them.   They have a line of credit, but do not wish to start their extraordinary mission in debt.  To donate to Emily’s House, follow this link (be sure to indicate that you want the donation to go to Emily’s House).  Congratulations, Emily!  What an impact you’ve had.

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