Friday, September 4, 2009

What is Steven's Hope For Children in Upland?

Sandra Emerson ran a piece recently about a boutique grand opening:

A ribbon cutting and open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. September 10 at the brand new children's boutique at Steven's Hope For Children, 1014 W. Foothill Blvd. Suite C in Upland.

So what is Steven's Hope?

Steven's Hope For Children is an Upland based non-profit organization that provides temporary hospital adjacent housing and other services to families with sick children.

As you can probably guess, there was a Steven. Here is his story:

In the fifth month of pregnancy, Tony & Sandy Cappelli found out that their expectant son had a fatal heart disease and would not be able to live more than a few hours. Even though they lived about 20 miles from one of the best hospitals in the world treating this type of disease, they were too far away and would have to relocate within minutes of the hospital.

Unfortunately, surgery and transplant were not viable options and in December of 2000, Steven Joseph Cappelli was born and lived for 32 hours.

They began thinking of other families who would face the same issue, and Steven's Hope For Children was born. Consider what such families have to face:

[M]any families must temporarily relocate near the hospital while their child is receiving outpatient care. It becomes an even bigger burden once the child is released from the hospital but must remain near the facility for outpatient care and rehabilitation. Depending on the illness, this can be for several months at a time.

The pressure of supporting two households, a possible reduction in income, coping with physical pain of a child and being in an unfamiliar area is too much stress for most families to deal with. One crisis has now caused another.

Again, the grand opening is on September 10.

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