Strong Like AK House
We are excited to share with you all The Strong Like AK House! A home offering a comfortable place for pediatric cancer patients and families to stay while receiving treatment and care through Levine Children's Cancer and Blood Disorder. This home can and will help so many and we need YOU to be a part of this impactful moment.
During Adam's journey he participated in a clinical trial located in Boston, MA. Adam was not excited about being away from his home and his friends, so we wanted to make sure he was as comfortable as possible. Because of the generous support we received from our community, we were able to rent an Airbnb in East Boston for six weeks. That Airbnb made a tremendous difference to Adam and to our family.
Like any teenager, Adam enjoyed his own space. The private home allowed Adam to escape the day to day treatments and have a space to have privacy and relax. As a family we would take turns cooking breakfast and dinner. We would eat together. We would watch football together. It was very special that we were all able to stay together with Adam and have some sense of normalcy, and a home away from home.
Although the clinical trial was unsuccessful, our family is very grateful for the time we spent in Boston. The private home allowed us all to be together comfortably in one place and we made priceless memories we will never forget.
Our nonprofit organization was created a few months after Adam passed away from his battle against NUT Carcinoma. By creating Strong Like AK our hopes were not only wanting to continue to keep Adam's memory alive, but we wanted to create an organization to help support other pediatric cancer patients and families in our community. We wanted to come up with a impactful idea that we know Adam would be so proud of. So when we thought about what the most memorable experience was during this journey with Adam we soon realized it was our travels to Boston. Instantly we wanted to recreate the space where we as a family shared so many memories and give that gift back to so many more families who share in a similar situation as ours.
The Strong Like AK House is in the beginning stages, but it is a beautiful and exciting way to make an impact on the greater Charlotte area. Our first home will be set in close proximity to Levine Children's. We are aware of other charities who provide single rooms at no cost, but there are often limitations and restrictions. Most have communal kitchens and living rooms. Hotels lack privacy and can often feel unwelcoming. The Strong Like AK House will be occupied by only one family at a time. This will allow families to be together during treatment or clinical trials and experience the comfort and privacy often needed while dealing with uncertainty.
The Strong Like AK House will be completely free of charge for patients and families receiving care at Levine Children’s Hospital. This is one way we want to show our support and hopefully provide them with one less worry, all in memory of Adam. We know how important the private home was to Adam and to our family and we can not wait to provide the same for others!
We can’t do this without you. We know this project is going to take time and numerous resources. We hope you will consider donating to The Strong Like AK House Fund. From a one time donation or set up a recurring monthly donation to a donation of goods or services to help build the home. Any amount helps, no matter how small. Let’s make a difference in the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families and keep Adam’s memory and legacy alive by providing The Strong Like House for others.