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Houston's Halo House Foundation Receives $2 Million Donation from Be The Match®
Press Release
Friday, September 28, 2018


Funds to be directed toward housing support for blood cancer patients

HOUSTON, - Halo House, a local nonprofit that provides temporary housing for blood cancer patients who need to relocate to the Texas Medical Center area during treatment of their disease, today announced a $2 million donation from Be The Match to be used toward the construction and operations of a much-needed, new housing facility for patients.

Blood cancer patients who need to travel to Houston to receive life-saving treatment look to Halo House for support and short-term housing during treatment. These treatments often come in the form of a blood stem cell transplant, which may be facilitated by Be The Match.

Halo House provides fully furnished apartments to patients and caregivers to ease the financial burden of treatment costs. Thousands of blood cancer patients who need housing have reached out to Halo House for help; over 20,000 days of housing have been provided to date.

Be The Match identified Halo House’s creation of the new housing facility as an integral part of its strategic plan. For many blood cancer patients, treatment can be complicated and take months or more to complete.

Be The Match is an organization that works globally to provide a cure for patients battling blood cancers and other blood disorders. “We are excited to partner with Halo House and support our patients and transplant center partners in the Houston area,” said Amy Ronneberg, chief financial officer for Be The Match. “As we work to remove barriers to blood stem cell transplant as a treatment, this is just one way that we can support our patients in need.”

The new facility will offer 33 fully furnished apartment units, a community center, a chapel, a library, and a fitness center. Upon completion, this project will:

·         Triple the number of blood cancer patients and caregivers Halo House is able to serve.

·         Provide at least 11,000 days of housing annually to patients in need.

·         Create a community of shared hope and increased patient support by having all the apartments and the Halo House office together under one roof.

“We are extremely grateful to our partners at Be The Match for their support of blood cancer patients,” said Kathleen Fowler, executive director and co-founder of Halo House. “Receiving this generous donation will benefit the patients and families we serve for decades to come as they go through the difficult process of cancer treatment, and we will be honoring them by naming our new building ‘Be The Match Halo House,’ scheduled to open in June 2019.” 

About Halo House Foundation

Thousands of people with leukemia or lymphoma travel to the Texas Medical Center every year for life-saving treatments to cure their cancer. They come because care is unavailable locally, or their local treatments have failed. Sadly, many of those people cannot stay in Houston to receive treatment because of the significant costs associated with short-term housing.

Halo House’s mission is to help save the lives of cancer patients battling leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma by providing them with fully furnished temporary housing at a very low cost while they are undergoing active treatment for their cancer at the Texas Medical Center. To make a donation or learn more about Halo House, visit HaloHouseFoundation.org. 

About Be The Match

For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant.

Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research through its research program, CIBMTR® (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research®), so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit
BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.

For more information about blood stem cell donation and how you can join the donor registry, visit: https://join.bethematch.org or follow us on social at @BeTheMatch or https://www.facebook.com/BeTheMatch/




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