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Suzanne Rockovits

THE STORY:

July 12, 2012…5:30 a.m.  My brother had been very sick for nearly three years during which he had been on and off the transplant list. We never knew what each day would bring. For six weeks leading up to this day, we feared the end was growing near.  At 5:30 a.m., I received a text message from my mom. She told me to call her.  My heart sank. I knew my brother was incredibly sick.   “Our prayers have been answered. They found a liver. It’s coming today. It will be at the hospital by 10:00 a.m. They are preparing him for the surgery." It’s the news every family awaiting a transplant yearns to hear. A chance for life was coming. Receiving an organ is such an incredible mixture of emotion. On one hand, you are so grateful your prayers have been answered, and yet at the same time, you know another family’s heart is broken.  Our family was blessed to receive the gift of more time. To a family in need of a transplant…one more hour, one more day, one more year…Every moment is precious. My brother was given 788 more days because of the loving generosity of another family. Seven hundred eighty-eight days to make peace with his struggles in his life here on Earth. Seven hundred eighty-eight days to watch his children grow. He celebrated two more birthdays, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and two more Christmases.  My brother was given the gift of more time, however, after nearly two years his transplant rejected.  I learned from my brother's journey to make every day count.  Live every day to the fullest.  September 8, 2014...My brother passed away at the age of 43.  When my brother passed away, we wanted to do something special with the memorial contributions from family and friends. Although my brother did not receive his care in the Philadelphia area, our funeral director suggested we consider Gift of Life in Philadelphia because our family had been through the transplant process. I was not familiar with Gift of Life, however, after doing some research I felt it was a worthy cause and we decided to send the memorial contributions to them. In the months after my brother’s passing, we began receiving their newsletters. During my brother’s illness, our parents traveled almost three hours (each way) to be with him. Their son/my only sibling was critically ill. Understandably, leading up to, during, and after the transplant process, we wanted to be with him; there were several times our parents spent multiple days in hotels near the hospital. Our parents were retired; they didn’t need to worry about maintaining a job, nor did they have other children to care for at home. However, they were in a situation where travel expenses were adding up quickly. Early one morning in August 2015 (11 months after my brother passed away), as I sat in my kitchen reading The Gift of Life newsletter, I read about a family who stayed at the Gift of Life Family House.  This family’s story brought such clarity to me. As I sat in my kitchen, I was awestruck…The empathy that washed over me for this family was beyond what I could contain. At that moment, I thought, “What can I do for families in this situation?” I, myself, fear driving on highways into large cities, not to mention I know the angst one feels when their loved one is in a life-threatening situation. To have to worry about finding a place to stay for an extended period of time, paying for it, and worrying about the rest of life going on around us is more than anyone should bear. As I read on, I learned Gift of Life in Philadelphia not only recovers and distributes organs and tissues, it also provides an affordable place for families to stay at various stages of the transplant process called Gift of Life Family House. For just $40.00 per night, Gift of Life Family House provides a safe and comfortable place to stay in the heart of Philadelphia, meals, transportation to and from local hospitals, and a network of care designed to support families throughout the transplant process. I was deeply moved by this organization and I knew I wanted to do something more.  On April 6, 2016, my husband and I had the privilege of visiting Gift of Life Family House. During our visit, we toured the facility and heard stories of how vital this organization has become in supporting families in the transplant process. I realize how financially difficult it can be to sustain jobs, take care of other family members, and remain vigilant to a family member in the delicate state of needing a transplant. It is a lengthy process, before, during, and after this life-saving surgery. I was most humbled by the stories of how these families staying at the facility support one another through their experiences at various stages of the transplant process. Please consider joining us in helping these families. For these families, the journey is long and the path is difficult. Like you and I, for these families…one more hour, one more day, one more year can make a difference. With sincere appreciation, Suzanne Rockovits

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  • Shannon, Taylor & Syd

    $25

  • Kim Hartman

     

  • Mary and Jack Hagley

     

  • Joyce Family

    $25

  • Bill and Ronnie

     

  • Straub family

     

  • Fred and Bev

     

  • Joe and Terry Kovalchik

     

  • Suzanne Rockovits and Family

    $80

  • Bill & Carol Leicht

    $50

  • Terry Kovalchik

    $40

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62% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Team: $615 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Terry  Kovalchik

Terry Kovalchik

DONATION: $40

Happy Birthday, Suzanne! 9 months ago

Bill & Carol Leicht

Bill & Carol Leicht

DONATION: $50

Suzanne's family 1 year ago

Suzanne Rockovits and Family

Suzanne Rockovits and Family

DONATION: $80

In memory of my loving brother, Mark. You are in my heart this Christmas and always. Xoxo, Suzy 2 years ago

Joe and Terry Kovalchik

Joe and Terry Kovalchik

2 years ago

Fred and Bev

Fred and Bev

With loving memories of our nephew, Mark. We love you and miss you. 2 years ago

Straub family

Straub family

2 years ago

Bill and Ronnie

Bill and Ronnie

Beautifully written story. So sorry the family had to endure such heartache 2 years ago

Joyce Family

Joyce Family

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Mary and Jack Hagley

Mary and Jack Hagley

Mark we know you struggled in your life. Through your journey you have opened our hearts to the needs of other transplant families. We love you. Mom and Dad 2 years ago

Kim Hartman

Kim Hartman

Thanks for sharing your family's story and showing such grace and kindness to others. God bless! 2 years ago