Red and White on Wednesday Night
October 22, 2014. Thank you to all who participated in this special evening.
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Save the Date for our Annual Golf Outing!
Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.
Tiffany Stone- Living Seizure Free
For 27 year old Tiffany Stone, coming to Chicago from her home in London, Ontario to receive care at Rush University Medical Center means living seizure free.
Tiffany has gone through more than 20 surgeries during her lifetime. For the last 8 years, she has been a part of a clinical trial for the Responsive Neurostimulator. She decided to join the trial after trying numerous anti-epilepsy drugs and other types of treatments with no success to help control her seizures. Once every six months Tiffany and her parents, Charles and Sheryl, visit with her neurologist, Dr. Rossi, at Rush University Medical Center. When Tiffany initially enrolled in the study, it was not such a big deal for her to come to Chicago since she and her family lived in suburban Chicago. That changed in the fall of 2013 when an opportunity came up for Tiffany’s father to work in Canada at the West Park Baptist Church as their senior pastor. This led the Stone family to move to London, Ontario, increasing the distance and cost for the semi-annual visits.
Fortunately, the Stones learned about the Guest House through Rush’s website while looking for somewhere nearby to stay at the hospital. What does it mean to the Stones to be able to stay at the Guest House? It means that they are able to focus on Tiffany’s care while in Chicago, because the emotional and financial burden is eased by the amenities provided in each guest room. The Stones are also more relaxed because they can get to and from her appointments easily and quickly without having to use a car.
Today, Tiffany is working towards completing her degree in psychology with a focus on Christian counseling through Liberty University and plans to continue onto seminary in 2015. Because of the care that she is receiving at Rush, she is able to live a life free of seizures and is able to enjoy many activities that she was not able to before. She aspires to become a hospital chaplain because of her experience. She would like to help patients, their families and medical staff experience God’s encouragement and comfort through their circumstances.
When Families Need to Stay Close
The IMD Guest House Foundation started in response to a critical need for affordable accommodations where family members can stay while their loved one receives medical treatment in the Illinois Medical District area.
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Guest House serves people in need. The Guest House’s mission has expanded over time to include not only family members, but also the patients themselves, when they travel to Chicago for outpatient treatment. Each person who stays at the Guest House’s facilities is provided with comfortable, affordable accommodations for as long as they need it. The Guest House is the only such facility in Chicago that serves both children and adult patients, and families of children and adult patients, providing comfort and a safe haven at a time when energy must be directed to larger issues. Each of the hospitals in the Illinois Medical District is within walking distance of the Guest House’s accommodations.
IMD Guest House asks for a nominal nightly rate for the accommodations, but no family is ever turned away for their inability to pay.