Rick and Patti Fabiani gave the Cedar Key Woman's Club a presentation on the Fisher House coming soon to Gainesville.
And, after a short video on the foundation, there were few dry eyes in the clubhouse.
The Fisher House, according to the organization’s website, is about “Supporting America's military in their time of need, we provide 'a home away from home' that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time — during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury."
The Gainesville Fisher House Foundation depends on public donations to continue the important work begun by the Fisher House Foundation.
The gift will be used to build a Fisher House which will be available for families whose loved ones are receiving medical attention at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville.
It can be difficult in times of stress. We don't want our families to worry about where they are going to sleep, eat and rest as well.
Though the Gainesville Fisher House will not directly help our local military families, our own local heroes have been helped at other Fisher Houses across the world, such as Army Spc. Catlin Mixson of Williston.
Both of Mixson’s legs were amputated, and his arm injured while on a mission in Iraq in September 2007.
Afterward, he and his sister, Alicia Mixson, were the recipients of the support of a Fisher House in Texas.
As a fundraiser for the Gainesville Fisher House, the Cedar Key Woman's Club raffled off a king-size quilt, which member Marie Evans won during the luncheon on Tuesday, May 8.
But, she graciously gave the quilt back for the Gainesville House.
As a result of the fundraising efforts, during the same luncheon, Rick and Patti Fabiani accepted a $2,000 check from the Cedar Key Woman's Club.