Comfort in the Hard Times
“Your gift has allowed us to be with our children during hospital stays. We cannot begin to thank you enough."
Christopher Hallowell (1972-2002) lived with leukemia for his entire active life. His family understood the importance of continuous support from family and friends, especially during the hard times. After Chris died, they established a fund bearing his name to help families in Essex, Clinton, and Franklin counties cope with the non-medical expenses of caring for a severely ill child. Since its inception, the Fund has supported families in Malone, Burke, Westport, Elizabethtown, Mooers Forks, Gabriels, Cadyville, Keene Valley, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid and Morrisonville.
Meaghan and Arthur Sparks of Tupper Lake have three children, two of whom require care at the Children's Specialty Center in Burlington. Their daughter Aubrey has cystic fibrosis, and her little brother Anderson was born prematurely, requiring a month-long stay in intensive care. The family endured the hassles and costs of travel and lodging while navigating the health care system. A grant from the Hallowell Fund helped reduce their stress: "Your gift has allowed us to be with our children to give them love during hospital stays. We cannot begin to thank you enough for what you have done for us," wrote Mrs. Sparks.
Things are looking up. Anderson is now a toddler in the 95th percentile for height, and Aubrey has started Kindergarten and joined the local Girl Scout Daisy troop. They both receive continuing medical attention from specialists.