2013 - A Great Year
Our donors came through again! Through partnerships and fundraising 2013 was our second best fundraising year ever!
Thank you to every singe one of our donors. We would not be here and thriving were it not for you!
did we do with the money? We expanded our presence through more
hospital and hotel partnerships (see article below), made additional
tweaks to our website, and garnered more users than ever before. The
traffic on our site increased again this year AND we fielded more phone
calls then ever.
Because of you, the word continues to get to those in need. Look out 2014!
Our Good Samaritan
Like many of you, Joe's House receives its fair share of
spam. You know the ones; "send us your bank account number and we'll
send you thousands of dollars". Right. So we were skeptical when we
an email informing us that the sender wanted to make a Joe's House
donation. It did not request a bank account number only our address,
which is available on our website.
To our astonishment and
excitement a check arrived several months later. Wow, not only was it
not spam it was a very, very generous donation. Our benefactor was Kelly
and here is the reason she choose to donate the money she raised via
golf tournament to Joe's House.
"I choose Joe's House after
corresponding with other melanoma patients while I was having treatment
at Mass General. I went from Stage I melanoma to Stage IIIB in a short
six month period. I was/am going to Mass General (1½ hours away from my
Western Mass home). I had my surgery and luckily, melanoma was only
found in the original lymph node. With melanoma there's a 50/50 chance
for help through surgery. Unfortunately, there's no cure for melanoma.
You just hope to remain NED (no evidence of disease) for years to come.
I was asked to join a trial at Mass General which might improve my
chances by 15%. What a decision.
I found solace in the website
for melanoma research: MPIP.org which has a forum for people with
melanoma of all stages. I kept reading stories about people who needed
to travel for testing and/or for trials. They were asking if there was
help with airfare and places to stay and I always felt really bad for
them. I am very lucky to be in Massachusetts and can drive to/from Mass
When I decided to do the golf tournament, I knew I
wanted to share some of the profits with a place that helped people out
with places to stay. I read about many of them, but loved your story.
So, it was really about YOUR story and hearing about others with the
same plight you had, that made me choose Joe's House!!"
Kelly, again a huge
thanks to you and your golf committee for your donation. As we say to
all of our contributors, every single donation truly does make a
difference. The best of luck with your fight against melanoma.
We always like to share what some of our patients and family members are
saying about us. This from Sherri who was looking for lodging in
Asheville, NC. Although Asheville does not appear on our site we were
able to guide her to some hotels that offer Joe's House users a
"Thank you so much for this information. Having gone
through cancer with my Mother and sister, I know how stressful the
travel, motels, etc... can be. If it hadn't been for places such as
yours, I do not know what we would have done. Thank you for all you do
and God Bless."
year Joe's House reaches out to every single place to stay on our site
to verify all of the information posted. It's an enormous job and one
that takes 4-5 months to complete. We are pleased to announce that we
renewed over 1,800 lodging facilities.
are happy to have several new participating accommodations; Advantage
Corporate Apartments and Robin's Nest Bed and Breakfast in Houston, The
Element Hotel in New York City, TownePlace Suites in Ann Arbor, and the
Mayflower Hotel in Seattle.
back Extended Stay! Extended Stay America (ESA) an all suite extended
stay brand has re-partnered with Joe's House. There are now over 170
ESA properties listed on Joe's House website.