A Room to Heal, Inc. is the "brain child" of two local mothers who wanted to make a difference in our local community. One of the mothers, whose son had leukemia and subsequently a bone marrow transplant, was exposed to a world many do not often see. Both women, very involved in their community and both exposed to a wealth of resources, felt the passion to create this organization to help those in need: both the families/caregivers and the child who is suffering from a critical illness.
The design of an environment can have a therapeutic effect on a sick child. Studies clearly show that a whole range of environmental factors - including lighting, color, aroma, views, art, scale, proportion, sound, texture and materials - have a powerful healing and therapeutic effect on patients. Healing environments may lead to: faster patient recoveries, reduced pain, fewer cases of infection, greater patient satisfaction, and reduced stress levels among parents/ caregivers. Good environments make us feel better, and feeling better is the key to getting better.
The kick-off event began in December 2005 with a fundraising luncheon to share the idea of the project. Over 40 local women attended, many giving donations and signing up to be involved. From that luncheon a board was created with seven people meeting every few weeks to develop the organization, including creating a referral process, mailing list, fundraising, promotional materials, etc. In 2006, A Room to Heal became incorporated and obtained its 501(c)3 non-profit status.
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