A touching, personal story about survival by Amanda Gilliam – “To me and my family in that moment, it meant the world.”

A touching, personal story about survival by Amanda Gilliam – “To me and my family in that moment, it meant the world.”

  Story by guest blogger Amanda Gilliam. On August 13, 2014 my husband became a statistic. He was one of the 22 a day who lost his fight with the invisible wounds of war. Rapidly shuffled out of the home we shared on base, I looked back to see eerie caution tape surrounding this once vibrant house. After being rushed to the hospital with his commanding officer and fellow soldiers, we waited and prayed. Unfortunately, it was time to say good-bye. His family was on their way from Tennessee and were about 2 hours out. My life had stopped but the world blurred around me. I had the outfit I wore (pajamas), no toiletries, no medications, not even my ID card. Army protocol and regulation stated I couldn’t enter my home until the investigation was complete. I didn’t have anywhere to go and just the shirt on my back. On top of loosing my husband, my life, I couldn’t even go home nor did I ever want to face that house. The Fisher House took me and my family in without hesitation. The moment I entered I felt welcomed and safe. It’s not made like a hotel to be simple […]

  Story by guest blogger Amanda Gilliam. On August 13, 2014 my husband became a statistic. He was one of the 22 a day who lost his fight with the invisible wounds of war. Rapidly shuffled out of the home we shared on base, I looked back to see eerie caution tape surrounding this once vibrant house. After being rushed to the hospital with his commanding officer and fellow soldiers, we waited and prayed. Unfortunately, it was time to say good-bye. His family was on their way from Tennessee and were about 2 hours out. My life had stopped but the world blurred around me. I had the outfit I wore (pajamas), no toiletries, no medications, not even my ID card. Army protocol and regulation stated I couldn’t enter my home until the investigation was complete. I didn’t have anywhere to go and just the shirt on my back. On top of loosing my husband, my life, I couldn’t even go home nor did I ever want to face that house. The Fisher House took me and my family in without hesitation. The moment I entered I felt welcomed and safe. It’s not made like a hotel to be simple [...]

The GCFH Honor Roll as of April 1, 2016

The Greater Cleveland Fisher House Honor Roll (as of April 1, 2016) The Greater Cleveland Fisher House would like to thank the approximately 1,000 individual donors, as well as the following business, organizations, foundations and community groups who have stepped up to help us “put a face on it… and families in it.”: Charitable Foundations The Eaton Corporation Foundation The Lincoln Electric Foundation The Dominion Energy Foundation The KeyBank Foundation The Mt. Sinai Foundation The Saint Luke’s Foundation The Lubrizol Foundation The Joyce M. and Herbert W. Stielau Foundation The TurtleCon Fund The Sherwin Williams Company The Fifth/Third Bank Foundation The Alcoa Foundation The Timken Charitable Education Fund Medical Mutual of Ohio The Honorable Louis Stokes Weitzel Family Foundation The Brown and Kunze Foundation The David R. Conley Trust The Frank C. Sullivan Family Chauncey & Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation The Murdough Foundation The Genworth Foundation The I-X Center/Park Ohio Foundation The Cleveland Browns Foundation The Combined Federal Campaign The Progressive Insurance Foundation Emerson Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Mihaly, Jr. Mr. Andrew Rayburn Automobile Dealers Educational Assistance Foundation The Enterprise Holdings Foundation The Donovan Veterans Fund/Akron Community Foundation The Kline Family Foundation The David and Inez Myers Foundation The […]

The Greater Cleveland Fisher House Honor Roll (as of April 1, 2016) The Greater Cleveland Fisher House would like to thank the approximately 1,000 individual donors, as well as the following business, organizations, foundations and community groups who have stepped up to help us “put a face on it… and families in it.”: Charitable Foundations The Eaton Corporation Foundation The Lincoln Electric Foundation The Dominion Energy Foundation The KeyBank Foundation The Mt. Sinai Foundation The Saint Luke’s Foundation The Lubrizol Foundation The Joyce M. and Herbert W. Stielau Foundation The TurtleCon Fund The Sherwin Williams Company The Fifth/Third Bank Foundation The Alcoa Foundation The Timken Charitable Education Fund Medical Mutual of Ohio The Honorable Louis Stokes Weitzel Family Foundation The Brown and Kunze Foundation The David R. Conley Trust The Frank C. Sullivan Family Chauncey & Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation The Murdough Foundation The Genworth Foundation The I-X Center/Park Ohio Foundation The Cleveland Browns Foundation The Combined Federal Campaign The Progressive Insurance Foundation Emerson Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Mihaly, Jr. Mr. Andrew Rayburn Automobile Dealers Educational Assistance Foundation The Enterprise Holdings Foundation The Donovan Veterans Fund/Akron Community Foundation The Kline Family Foundation The David and Inez Myers Foundation The [...]

More Volunteers STILL Needed for 7th Annual Lacrosse Showcase

Burning River Lacrosse is hosting its 7th Annual Lacrosse Showcase to benefit The Greater Cleveland Fisher House (GCFH).  The Showcase will take place Saturday, May 7th, at Hawken High School.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO WORK THIS EVENT. Below is a list of where we still need volunteers: · Setup help – 8:30 to 10 am · Ticket takers – 9 to 11 am, 1 to 3 pm, 3 to 430 pm · Beverage sales – 10 to 12, 12 to 2, 2 to 4 pm · T-shirt / auction items sales – 10 to 12, 2 to 4 pm · Field Manager – 12 to 3 PM, 3:30 to 5:30 pm The volunteer sign up list is live at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4DAFA928A1FB6-2016 Volunteers can click on the link and register for anyone single or multiple spots. For full event info, visit http://greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org/event/lacrosse-showcase-fundraiser-hawkin/  

Burning River Lacrosse is hosting its 7th Annual Lacrosse Showcase to benefit The Greater Cleveland Fisher House (GCFH).  The Showcase will take place Saturday, May 7th, at Hawken High School.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO WORK THIS EVENT. Below is a list of where we still need volunteers: · Setup help – 8:30 to 10 am · Ticket takers – 9 to 11 am, 1 to 3 pm, 3 to 430 pm · Beverage sales – 10 to 12, 12 to 2, 2 to 4 pm · T-shirt / auction items sales – 10 to 12, 2 to 4 pm · Field Manager – 12 to 3 PM, 3:30 to 5:30 pm The volunteer sign up list is live at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4DAFA928A1FB6-2016 Volunteers can click on the link and register for anyone single or multiple spots. For full event info, visit http://greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org/event/lacrosse-showcase-fundraiser-hawkin/  

Help Us Build A Home That Heals — Only $200k to go!

April 12, 2012 — SSG Travis Mills lost both arms and legs in an IED blast in Afganistan. His wife Kelsey and daughter Chloe remained his primary motivation in becoming one of five people to ever survive a quadruple amputation. They healed together at Fisher House, DC. Every dollar donated  to GCFH will give Cleveland Vets and their families a home to heal while receiving care from Stokes VA Hospital. $2.8 M Raised // $3M Goal — Only $200k to go!    

April 12, 2012 — SSG Travis Mills lost both arms and legs in an IED blast in Afganistan. His wife Kelsey and daughter Chloe remained his primary motivation in becoming one of five people to ever survive a quadruple amputation. They healed together at Fisher House, DC. Every dollar donated  to GCFH will give Cleveland Vets and their families a home to heal while receiving care from Stokes VA Hospital. $2.8 M Raised // $3M Goal — Only $200k to go!     Your donation amount $10$20$50$100$250$1000 Your Personal Information Firstname Phone Number Lastname Email Address City State Employer Zipcode Occupation Optional Message Choose the project to help The Greater Cleveland Fisher House - Target: $3,000,000Donations for The Greater Cleveland Fisher House Your Donation Information No recurring payment Weekly recurring payment Monthly recurring payment Yearly recurring payment Make an anonymous donation Hide donation amount in our donors public list Anti-spam: How much is 13+14 ?

The world’s oldest living Pearl Harbor Survivor will inspire anyone who watches this video.

  • Oldest Pearl Harbor vet still pumping iron at 104

    "He's changed my outlook on aging forever," trainer Sean Thompson said of Ray Chavez, who is celebrating his 104th birthday this week and is the nation's oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. story: http://bit.ly/1QCaNdA

    Posted by The San Diego Union-Tribune on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The world’s oldest living Pearl Harbor Survivor will inspire anyone who watches this video. Ray Chaves is 104 years old and in the gym every day! Oldest Living Pearl Harbor Vet Still Pumping Iron At 104, His Secret Is Simple And Powerful. Ray continues to defeat the odds, prove people wrong, and inspire us deeply Ray Chavez credits healthy diet, gym visits for longevity. “He’s changed my outlook on aging forever,” trainer Sean Thompson said of Ray Chavez, who is celebrating his 104th birthday this week and is the nation’s oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran.   Original story by The San Diego Union Tribune. 

The world's oldest living Pearl Harbor Survivor will inspire anyone who watches this video. Ray Chaves is 104 years old and in the gym every day! Oldest Living Pearl Harbor Vet Still Pumping Iron At 104, His Secret Is Simple And Powerful. Ray continues to defeat the odds, prove people wrong, and inspire us deeply Ray Chavez credits healthy diet, gym visits for longevity. "He's changed my outlook on aging forever," trainer Sean Thompson said of Ray Chavez, who is celebrating his 104th birthday this week and is the nation's oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran.   Original story by The San Diego Union Tribune.