25th Anniversary Newsletter by xuyuzhu



       David’s House provides
      a home-away-from-home
       and support for families
  with children receiving treatment
   through Children’s Hospital at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

                                      Keeping David’s dream alive…
Happy Birthday David’s House!

From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,                               fully realize. So while we celebrate the      In closing, we hope this year brings
                                            amazing legacy David and the Cyr              much joy to your lives. We look
It’s been quite a while since our last      family have given to our community,           forward to the opportunity during this
newsletter went out. With a bustling        we also urge everyone to take a moment        special year to reconnect with guests
house full of activity, we’ve found our-    to make a difference. A call to action        and donors from years past, all while
selves to be constantly on the go, with     has been made to inspire 2,500 people         making new friendships and providing
the biggest priority always being able      of all ages to honor David by making a        the highest quality care and support to
to meet the needs of our guests every       personal gift to the house in his name.       those who count on us when their child
single day. We’re so fortunate to live in   Gifts of all sizes will count toward this     needs medical treatment.
a community that truly cares about the      goal and can be made online by clicking
people in it. Not only do people care,      on the 25th Anniversary picture, or via       With Warm Regards,
but they take the time to show it in both   mail (please put 25th Anniversary in the
large and small ways.                       memo section). We hope that schools,
                                            community groups, churches, busi-
This year in particular is a very special   nesses as well as individuals will take on
and important one as we celebrate 25        this initiative in creative ways to show
years of bringing children home to          your support. If you need assistance in       Dawn
David’s House, fulfilling the wish young    putting your effort together, feel free to
David had so long ago and impacting         contact our Development Director, Jaye
more lives than we’ll probably ever         Olmstead, for guidance.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,

an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

     —Leo Buscaglia

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                                               In honor of our 25th anniversary, we have
                                               a number of very special moments planned.
                                               We’d like to bring all of our friends – past
                                               and present – together to celebrate our many
                                               accomplishments, thanks to the vision
                                               of a very compassionate little boy.
                                               We hope to see you at one of these events!


                          David’s House at 25!
Saturday, May 14                           Saturday, August 27
6:00pm – 9:00pm                            5:00pm – 9:00pm
                                                                                      Tell Us
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Concord, NH
                                           Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, VT               Your Story
                                           Our culminating upscale gala celebra-      Calling all guests, donors, and
David’s House is about families, so        tion is an opportunity to honor Dick       volunteers…we want to hear your
why not bring your family for a night      Cyr and David’s vision. This is a social   story! We have so many memories
of fun while helping us celebrate our      evening that will feature presentations    accumulated over the past 25 years,
anniversary! Tickets, which include        from Dick, guests, volunteers, and         but we want to hear in your words
refreshments, an anniversary keepsake,     other special friends of David’s House.    how David’s House impacted your
and admission to the exhibits, are $15     Hearty hors d’oeuvres, music, and          life. We are looking for stories and
for adults, $10 for children, or $50 for   an anniversary keepsake are included       pictures that we can share online,
a family. Presentations will be made by    in the ticket price of $50 per person.     in our newsletters, and in reports…
David’s House founder, Dick Cyr and        Discounted rates for accommodations        and no one can tell others about
families who have stayed at David’s        will be available.                         who we are and what we do better
House. We’ll also have a few “special                                                 than you can! You can email our de-
surprise guests” on hand.                  Please check our website at www.           velopment director, Jaye Olmstead,
                                           davids-house.org/SilverCelebrations        at jaye.olmstead@davids-house.
                                           for more information on these events and   org or send mail to P.O. Box 660,

Sunday, July 24                            to reserve tickets.                        Lebanon, NH 03766.

11:00am – 2:00pm
David’s House, Lebanon, NH

Our 3rd annual Sundae at the House
event, sponsored by Price Chopper,
KIXX 100.5 Radio, and Mascoma Bank,
promises to be bigger and better than
ever before! Originally started as a way
to bring former guests “back home” –
Sundae at the House features a BBQ,
ice cream sundaes and hands-on kids’
activities, entertainment, and raffles.
There will even be an opportunity for
a family portrait. Current and former
guests receive a coupon that waives the
$5.00 per carload admission.

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★          EvEnts                                     to                  BEnEfit                                    ★
April 9                                   May 14                                     July 15, August 20
Mount Sunapee 20th Annual                 Canaan Hardware Customer                   & September 12
Intragalactic Cardboard                   Appreciation Day Bake Sale
Sled Race                                                                            Margarita’s Full Moon
                                          10am – 2pm. For more information           Madness, Salem, NH
For more information please go to         please call Robin at Canaan Hardware
www.mountsunapee.com and click on         at 603-523-4352.                           Beginning at 4pm, enjoy giveaways,
the Mountain tab for Sunapee events.                                                 contests, flavorful specials and lots of
                                                                                     fun and excitement PLUS 5% of the
                                          May 21                                     evening’s gross lounge sales are donated
May 7                                     Tuck Run for the Kids at
                                                                                     to David’s House. For more information
                                                                                     call 603-893-0110.
Mascoma High School
                                          Dartmouth College
                                          For more information please go to
                                                                                     July 15
Support the Class of 2012 in raising      http://mba.tuck.dartmouth.edu/pages/       Breakfast with NASCAR Greats
money for us! For info email Emily at     clubs/run4kids/.

May 9 – Sept. 5                           May 21
                                          American Gymnastics
Car Nutz and Sunapee Lions                Spring Spectacular
Club Cruise Nights                        This annual fundraiser showcases the
                            Car Nutz      incredible talents of some of the Keene
                            and Suna-     area’s finest gymnasts. Call Lucy at
                            pee Lions     603-357-4530 for information.
                            Club Cruise
                            Nights to
                            benefit       June 21
                            David’s       Kevin’s Longest Ride
                            House takes
                            place every   Celebrate the summer solstice by sup-
                            Monday        porting Newport resident Kevin Onnela
night in the Sugar River Bank Parking     in his motorcycle ride to benefit us.
Lot, North Main Street in Newport,        On the longest day of the year, Kevin is
                                          hoping to ride 1,500 miles, collecting     Join us for this year’s Governor’s
NH. Come see an incredible display of
                                          pledges per mile for David’s House. For    Breakfast to benefit David’s House and
classic cars, or show your own beauty
                                          information on how you can support         Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth at
off! For more information call Wayne
                                          his ride, call Kevin at 603-558-1110 or    New Hampshire Motor Speedway in
at 603-477-2929.
                                          603-863-5220. To make a donation in        Loudon, NH. Past speakers at this event
                                                                                     have included NASCAR greats such
May 12
                                          honor of Kevin, please go to the Events
                                          tab on our website.                        as Carl Edwards, David Ragan, Kyle
                                                                                     Petty, Scott Wimmer and team owner
Hanover Chamber of Commerce                                                          Ray Evernham. Special ambassador,
Business After Hours                      July 9                                     Joey Logano, will entertain questions
                                                                                     from the audience with the assistance
5:30pm – 7:00pm at David’s House.         Bear Ridge Speedway’s 10th                 of track announcer Dick Berggren. For
                                          Annual Benefit Night                       more information on tickets please go
                                                                                     to http://chad.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/
                                          For more information please go to          dv/governors_breakfast.html.
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★             D a v i D ’ s                                                 H o u s E                                   ★
July 16                                                                                kids at heart can take a swing at being
                                                                                       the best in their division. Corporate
Ricky’s Race for Kids                                                                  teams, families, and individuals of all
                                                                                       ages are invited to participate. For more
                                                                                       information please go to the Events tab
                                                                                       on our website.
                                           For more information please contact

                                                                                       September 25
                                           Lynn at 603-279-9046.

                                           September 12                                Remembering Loved Ones

                                           It’s Tee Time
                                           The Upper Valley Golf Tournament
                                           will be held at Hanover Country Club
                                           and promises to be a fun-filled day of
                                           golf, dining, and prizes galore. F.W.
                                           Webb will once again be our Corporate
                                           Sponsor, with Murphy’s on the Green
                                           supplying the evening’s buffet dinner.
                                           Registration is $125 per player, with Da-
Join us for the Modified Racing Series’    vid’s House providing a bag lunch and
premier event, Ricky’s Race for Kids,      tournament gift. Family and friends
at Canaan Speedway in Canaan, NH.          may attend the evening reception for
This year’s event is sponsored by Irving   $30 per person. Please go to the Events
Energy and Mascoma Savings Bank,                                                       The 16th Annual Memorial Tree
                                           tab on our website to find information      Planting Ceremony will be held at 2pm
and is kicked off with a Pre-Party at      on additional sponsorship opportuni-
Gateway Motors in White River Junc-                                                    at David’s House. There will be an op-
                                           ties or to register.                        portunity for guests to share thoughts
tion on Friday night from 4pm – 8pm.
                                                                                       or memories during the ceremony, or
                                           September 18
For more information please go to the
Events tab on our website.                                                             privately in a memory book. A ceremo-
                                                                                       nial tree will be planted, followed by an
                                           Granite State Chapter of                    informal gathering of families, friends,
August 6                                   Victory Motorcycle Club’s Ride
                                           to David’s House
                                                                                       staff, and volunteers. Call Dawn to
                                                                                       RSVP at 603-643-2298.
Chester Norman Thomas
Motorcycle Ride to David’s                 For more information please call Kim
House                                      at 603-494-4627.                            Other upcoming events
                                                                                       (watch the website for details!)
                                           September 24
For more information please contact
Joe at gamecock87@comcast.net.

                                           1st Annual WIFFLe® Ball                     Fall 2011:
August 20                                  Tournament
                                                                                       Chiggy’s Chicks for Charity
Lindsey Frank Memorial                     Love WIFFLE ball? Then get set to play      Auction
Motorcycle Ride to David’s                 in the first annual David’s House Tour-
                                           ney at Grantham Indoor in Grantham,         Carol Shepard’s 6th Annual
House                                                                                  Birthday Party
                                           NH. Kids and adults who are really

    For more information or to find out how your business or group can sponsor one of these events,
              please contact Jaye at jaye.olmstead@davids-house.org or call 603-643-2298.
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What David’s House Means to Us
my name is elissa powers and my husband, Peter,                           sleeping. The first
and I were guests at David’s House in August of 2008. We have             night we stayed in
made a donation to David’s House in memory of Peter’s younger             the birthing pavilion
brother, Sean M. Powers, who was killed by a drunk driver on              because they had space
August 14, 2008. Sean was a Hopkinton police officer who was on           for us at the moment,
his way home from work when his motorcycle was struck from                but we never knew if
behind. The car was driving 90mph and the two passengers fled             they would fill up in
the scene, leaving Sean in the road and not knowing the condi-            the middle of the night
tion he was in.                                                           and have to move us.
                                                                          We also stayed in the
My husband and I heard about Sean’s death from his parents,               Koala Suite a couple of
who drove by the scene of the accident on their way to Concord            times but that was never
Hospital that morning. I had been admitted to the hospital the            a sure thing. Every
day before, being 34 weeks along with twin boys and not feeling           morning we would pack
well. It was a very difficult time for all of us, as it was very unfair   up our things, put them
for Sean to be taken from us that way. That afternoon I was               in the car, and wait all      Owen (left) and Evan at one year old.
transferred to Dartmouth Hospital because I was considered high           day to find out where
                                    risk. My condition worsened           we could sleep that night. It wasn’t until we got a room at David’s
                                    over the day and the doctors          House that we got back to some kind of normalcy. Knowing we
                                    at Dartmouth told us that the         had a place to stay, a real bed to sleep in, and didn’t have to pack
                                    babies had to be born that day.       our things in the morning was what Peter and I needed after the
                                    At 8:07 and 8:08 our two sons,        days we had just been through.
                                    Sean’s two nephews, Owen and
                                    Evan, were born. They were six        David’s House was like a home to us when we were going
                                    weeks early and brought to the        through difficult times and didn’t want to be too far away from
                                    NICU where they spent three           our babies. It definitely helped lift our spirits by taking some of
                                    weeks. As one of Peter’s other        the stress out of the situation. We are very thankful that David’s
                                    brothers said, “It was a bitter-      House was there for us, and we wanted to help give a little back.
                                    sweet day.” One of the saddest        The money in Sean’s name was made possible by the 2nd Annual
Owen (left) and Evan,               but one of the most joyful days       Sean Powers Motorcycle Benefit Ride that took place in July 2009.
almost 2 weeks old.                 of my life, as these babies are       The ride was started by two of Sean’s high school friends, and is
Peter’s and my first-born. Sad not only because we lost Sean, but         planned to take place every year. Sean was a very special person
also because Owen and Evan will never get to meet their wonder-           to all of us and liked by everyone who knew him. He would want
ful uncle. One of Peter’s uncles once told me that Sean did get to        good things to come out of the terrible thing that happened to
meet his nephews because, as he was going up to heaven, Owen              him. The money donated to David’s House is meant to continue
and Evan were coming down and their paths crossed then.                   providing a wonderful, safe place for people in their time of need.
                                                                          Sean would be grateful knowing that he could be a part of that.
The first few nights after I was released from the hospital were
hard for Peter and me, as we never knew where we would be                 Elissa Powers

                                hello there. this is kymmy bent. My son Christopher was born with gastroschisis 7 years
                                ago and through all the hardships we encountered during that time you guys were there. Like angels
                                sent from heaven, you were there. There is no possible way to thank you all for what you’ve done for our
                                family. We just wanted to send a recent picture of Christopher for you and give you a little update. He is 6
                                years old now and healthy as can be (well, we do have precautions). He still sleeps with the quilt made by
                                one of the ladies who was there for us. We thank you again for giving us shelter and hope while we were
                                there—it was the glue that held us together. God bless you all for the love and comfort you give people.

Chris Bent.                     Kymmy Bent

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Rochelle Berliner, retiring Volunteer         Wanda (R), and sister Kara, selling souve-   Jacob and Katie Jones design thank you
Coordinator.                                  nirs at the annual Giving Trees Concert.     cards for our Giving Trees Campaign.

A Heartfelt                                   Volunteer Spotlight The Legacy Lives
Thank You                                     by Wanda Santti     On: Messages from
by Rochelle Berliner                          Volunteering at David’s House is one
                                              of the best things I have ever done for
                                                                                           Some of our Junior
How do I even begin to say Thank You          myself. I have seen the generosity from      Ambassadors (JAB)
for the fabulous 8½ years in which I          strangers and friends, felt the love and
have been privileged to work at David’s       compassion from the guests and the           Being a JAB member and helping
House? First of all I feel odd calling it     staff and volunteers. I have seen families   David’s House has been really beneficial
“work” because it was so pleasurable!         supporting each other over meals in          for me. I’ve met people who have
                                              the kitchen. I have heard the words of       helped me, and I, in a way, have passed
The volunteers and staff are an incredible    encouragement that flow through these        this help on. There are families who
group of people. In my many, many years       walls.                                       need David’s House, and this weighs
in the working world, I have never come                                                    on me, my family having needed in the
across an entire team of people who are       It’s not one big thing that keeps me         same way. Working with the other JAB
so compassionate, dedicated, cheerful         coming back here to volunteer but a          members has been fun, and seeing the
and helpful. I wish we could bottle up        ton of little moments: kids who bring        group grow, thrilling.
what they all have and distribute this        in checks from their birthday parties        Katie Jones
magic formula to all workplaces—what a        where they requested donations to
wonderful world we would have.                David’s House rather than take gifts for     My experience working at David’s
                                              themselves, the man who won free fuel        House as a JAB member is great. I love
It’s going to be difficult to leave David’s   and donated it here, Dick Cyr’s voice        helping out at David’s House with all
House behind, but I know everything           on the phone thanking me for my vol-         the work we do. David’s House has
about David’s House will always be            unteer efforts, doing the Giving Trees       helped me so much the last 6 years, this
a part of me. I would never trade the         Radiothon in December and interacting        is just my way to pay them back.
amazing friends I have made at David’s        with everyone there, the looks of relief     Carol Shepard
House. But I am ready to move on and          on tired parents’ faces when they come
to understand the great freedom that          through the door.                            My experience as a JAB member has
comes with aging.                                                                          been fun, interesting, and cool. It has
                                              So many things stay with me, and             allowed me to go places and do things
Thank you to everyone who has given           ultimately make me want to be a better       that most kids never get to do. It has
of themselves to make David’s House           person. David’s House is a place of          also helped me with my fear of speaking
the wonderful place it is. You have made      comfort and hope, and I plan to be a         in public.
my life special. I will never let my love     part of this organization as long as they
of David’s House and all the wonderful        will have me.                                Todd Gordon
people I have met leave my heart.
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                                            remain in touch when she is home. Last
                                            spring Carol was officially welcomed                     Grocery List
                                            to her team during nationally-ranked
                                            Dartmouth’s game against Penn.

                                            The program, now called “The
                                            Huddle,” has expanded to include other
                                            Dartmouth varsity teams and there
                                            are several waiting to be matched with              Paper products:
                                            a David’s House patron. The newest                      Paper towels
                                            participants are the men’s lacrosse team                Toilet paper
                                            and Dakota Dumas, who has benefitted                    Paper plates and bowls
                                            greatly from his friendship with the Big                Paper cups – 5 oz. only
                                            Green athletes, helping him continue                    Paper or Foam coffee cups
                                            to tackle his cancer treatments with                Snack items:
                                            courage.                                                Juice boxes
                                                                                                    Concentrated juices or regular size
                                                                                                    Cookies and crackers
                                            The Huddle isn’t just about what the                    Flavored teas
                                            Dartmouth student-athletes bring to                     Cereal – single serving and regular
Dartmouth and David’s House:
                                            their adopted teammates. It’s a real                    Breakfast bars
teammates for life.                                                                                 Fruit snacks
                                            partnership in which the children
                                                                                                    Fruit cups
                                            and their families inspire the student-
The Huddle
                                                                                                    Pudding snack cups
                                            athletes on the field and in their                      Oatmeal (individual packets)
                                                                                                    Pop tarts
Brings Dartmouth
                                            everyday lives.
                                                                                                Food items:

Athletes & David’s
                                            “Being able to help Carol in whatever                   Single serving microwavable meals
                                            way we can has been a really positive                   Beef stew (small size)

House Together
                                                                                                    Coffee creamer (powder)
                                            experience for me and my teammates,”                    Macaroni & Cheese (single serving)
                                            said Dartmouth junior Sarah Plumb.                      Ramen Noodles or Soup
by Dara Ely,                                “Carol has taught us so much about
                                                                                                Cleaning products:
Assistant Director of Varsity Athletics     what it means to give back and about                     Laundry detergent – powder
Communications Dartmouth College            being courageous. She continues to                       Liquid hand soap
                                            surprise and inspire me each time I visit                Bleach
                                                                                                     Dishwashing liquid
Last winter, the Dartmouth women’s          her at David’s House—she is always so
                                                                                                     Dishwasher detergent – powder
lacrosse team gained an unlikely new        excited to see us and it is so rewarding                 Disinfecting wipes
teammate. She wasn’t a speedy offensive     to know that we are able to brighten                     Window cleaner
player or a powerful defender. She was      this girl’s day even if it is just a little bit.”        Trash bags 13 gal. & 30 gal.
                                                                                                     Dryer sheets
14-year-old Carol Sheperd, a leukemia
survivor and one of David’s House’s
most active ambassadors.

Dartmouth’s team had been on a
waiting list to participate in a national
program, Friends of Jaclyn, which
was started by Northwestern lacrosse
and pairs teams with children and
teens who are battling cancer. The
team and patient in turn become a
support system for each other. Led by
then senior captain Colleen Olsen ’10,
Dartmouth’s team decided to create its
own program, reaching out to DHMC
and David’s House to see how the Big
Green could help.

Carol’s teammates, the Dartmouth
players, visit her whenever she and her
family come to David’s House and they       Members of the men’s lacrosse team spend time gaming it up with Dakota.

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A birds-eye-view of the excitement at “Command Central” during the Radio-thon.

Giving Spirit Alive and Well in the Upper Valley
The spirit of giving was alive and well     many of their locations throughout         The campaign culminated in a two-day
in the Upper Valley this past holiday       New Hampshire and Vermont in selling       radiothon and auction that continued
season, as David’s House celebrated         Giving Tree cutouts for $1 each and        the tradition of bringing new friends
the success of the 21st Annual Giving       collecting donations through canisters     to our doors – thank you to Mike Dion
Trees Campaign. Starting off a flurry of    placed on their countertops.               of Lyme and Kyle Welch of Newport.
event activity was the 7th annual benefit                                              A huge thank you goes out to all of
concert hosted by KIXX 100.5 and            “We serve thousands of families from       the businesses who donated auction
sponsored by Dead River Company,            the same market area, so it was a great    items, the volunteers who helped at all
featuring our long-time friend Billy        addition to the campaign to have the       of the events throughout the month,
Arnold.                                     stores outside of the Upper Valley         the station DJs and crew who worked
                                            raising awareness for us,” stated Jaye     tirelessly planning and implementing
“Having Billy join us every year            Olmstead, Development Director.            the events and the very generous com-
since the concert started epitomizes                                                   munity members who called in to share
what this event is all about…friends        Local Jiffy Marts also hosted live radio   their stories, make a donation, or bid on
coming together for a fun night out         remotes with KIXX DJ’s and ran a           items. Your generosity is what enables
while supporting a great community          promotion where a percentage of            us to help over a thousand families each
cause,” stated Executive Director, Dawn     gasoline sales during the broadcast were   year. On behalf of all of them, we thank
Stanhope.                                   donated. Also joining in the fun this      you from the bottom of our hearts!
                                            year were Green Mountain Association
Special thanks to the other concert         of Insurance Professionals, Mascoma        We’d also like to thank Richard Bruno
sponsors: Residence Inn Marriott,           Bank, Bridgeman’s Furniture, Friends of    for the beautiful wreaths he adorns
Hypertherm, Mascoma Savings Bank,           Karaoke, Windsor Elks Texas Hold ’Em,      the house with for the holidays, and
Markem-Image, Anthem, Country               New England School of Hair Design,         Professional Decorators of Vermont for
Kitchen Restaurant & Catering, Blue         the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, and       putting up the holiday lights.
Diamond Limo, and Bacon Graphics.           The Common Man Restaurant in Cla-
                                            remont, all of whom ran promotional
Jiffy Mart Corporation also involved        events to raise funds for us.
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What David’s House Means to Us
                                            Dear David’s House,

                                            my husband and i had our twins prematurely at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
                                            Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, which is about two hours way from our home. Tyler and
                                            Kayla remained in the hospital after my release for monitoring until they were strong enough
                                            to be moved to a hospital in Concord, NH. What David’s House provided for us was a safe
                                            and comfortable home-away-from-home and the option to be close to them during their stay.
                                            The opportunity to be near the kids during that time was priceless and a huge relief.

                                            You may know first-hand what it is like to have a child or loved one admitted to the hospital
                                            that is far away from home. This is where David’s House was a lifesaver.

                                            David’s House holds a dear place in my heart, and my husband’s. I would like to thank you all
                                            for what you do.

                                            Thank you,
                                            The Chandler Family – Mickey, James, Tyler and Kayla

i had never heard of david’s house until may                                   to relax during the day as well as eat and sleep at night. I
22, 2004. On that day my then 2-year-old son Keegan was run                    loved being able to spend time with my daughter close to but
over by a lawn mower and DHART’d to DHMC. The severity of his                  away from the hospital and she was able to have fun playing
injuries had my husband and I completely overwhelmed. We didn’t                on the playground at David’s House.
know if he would live and if he did what his life might be like. We
needed to be able to stay close to him and the hospital for as long as         One notable memory was her birthday. Keegan was still in
it would take to find out. We knew we couldn’t go back home and                the hospital and she and my husband had come to visit. We
be an hour and a half away from the hospital. The nurses mentioned             had not planned anything special for her since we did not
David’s House and we jumped at the opportunity. They were full that            want to leave him. In the afternoon, after being at the hospi-
first night and we had to stay at the Day’s Inn. It felt like we were so far   tal for a while, we headed back to David’s House. When we
from the hospital. The next night a room opened up at David’s House            walked into our room, there were birthday gifts and a card
and we stayed there. We really had no idea what                                                        on the bed. To this day, I don’t know
we were getting into but it was within walking                                                         how they knew, because we didn’t
distance to the hospital and was cheaper than                                                          tell them, but the staff had found out
the hotel so we went for it.                                                                           that it was her birthday and decided
                                                                                                       to make it special for her. It really did
I stayed there for the next month while Keegan                                                         make her day special.
recovered. My husband and daughter visited
off and on staying a night here and there. Over                                                        We still go back and stay at David’s
that month, the staff, volunteers, and other                                                           House when Keegan has an early
guests became a second family to me. Each time                                                         morning appointment or surgery.
I returned to the house from the hospital they                                                         We are always welcomed. The staff
would ask how Keegan was doing and what                                                                remembers his name and marvels at
the next steps were. They always remembered                                                            his progress.
what was said and were genuinely interested in
what I had to say. There were reassuring hugs                                                          So as you can tell, David’s House is
and promises of thoughts and prayers along the                                                         not just a house to my family. It has
way. Warm meals were waiting there along with                                                          been so much more.
snacks to take with me back to the hospital if I
needed them. It was wonderful to have a place                                                          Sincerely,
to go to do laundry, shower, take a nap, or just                                                       Linda Ewing

10   david ’ s house news                              Keegan and friend.
                                                 are grateful to everyone who joins us
                                                 throughout the year!                                    David’s House, Inc.
                                                                                                                  PO Box 660
                                                   •	The	many	groups	of	students	                           Lebanon, NH 03766-0660
                                                                                                              Voice 603-643-2298
                                                     & staff from Dartmouth College
                                                                                                               Fax 603-643-1625
                                                     and DHMC
                                                                                                          on the Web: davids-house.org
                                                   •	Hypertherm
                                                                                                                on Facebook:
                                                   •	Everything	But	Anchovies                            facebook.com/davidshouseinc
                                                   •	Green	Mountain	Coffee                          Proud Member of the National Association
                                                   •	BJ’s                                               of Hospital Hospitality Houses

                                                   •	Wal-Mart
                                                   •	King	Arthur	Flour
                                                   •	Simon	Pearce
                                                   •	Lebanon	Rotary                                         David’s House
                                                   •	Enfield	Lioness	Club                                 Board of Directors
                                                                                                   Richard A. Cyr – President Emeritus & Founder
                                                   •	Crystal	Rock	Bottled	Water
Members of the Manchester Monarchs,                                                                          Al Wakefield – President
with mascot Max, and two of our young              •	Dimatix                                               David Agan – Vice President
guests.                                            •	Boy	Scouts	and	Girl	Scouts                         April May Preston – Vice President
                                                                                                          Stacey Chiocchio – Treasurer
                                                   •	TomTom                                                 Dan Gauthier – Secretary
Community Supporters                               •	Manchester	Monarchs                                             Lori Carrier
                                                                                                                   Jim DiClerico
David’s House couldn’t operate 365                 •	Ladies	of	the	Lakes	and	Hannah	                                Terry Durkin
days a year without the generosity                   Dustin Quilters Guilds                                          Bob Frisch
of the many individuals and busi-                  •	Youth	in	Action,	Lebanon	&	Hanover                                Bill Hall
nesses who donate their time, talent,                                                                              Jeff Hastings
                                                   •	St.	Denis	Confirmation	Class                                 David Leenders
and resources to make sure families
                                                   •	Church	of	Latter	Day	Saints	(LDS)                           Buff McLaughry
staying with us are treated to a home-
                                                                                                                   April Sanborn
away-from home environment. We                     •	Tavern	Players	–	King	of	Pubs                                Lindsay Tallon
                                                                                                                 Nancy Whitman
                                                                                                                  Chris Whitney

Celebrating the Past,                                                                                    David’s House Staff
                                                                                                        Dawn Stanhope – Executive Director

With Our Sights on the Future                                                                         Jaye Olmstead – Development Director
                                                                                                         Cathy Labonte – House Manager
                                                                                                           Don Dutton – Finance Director
A celebration of the past would not be complete without looking to the future to see                    Dave Allen – Volunteer Coordinator
                                                                                                    Alice Fletcher, Paula Welch – Housekeeping
how we can continue our mission. Bequests make a real difference for the future of
                                                                                                 Elena Petrici, Jason Crowley – Resident Managers
David’s House, and can make it possible for many more families to stay with us during
what can be the most difficult of times. You can specify a dollar amount, a percentage of
the estate or the residual part of the estate, as well as make the gift contingent on specific
future events.                                                                                                  Newsletter
                                                                                                      Special 25th Anniversary Issue
                                                                                                           Vol. 22 No. 1 – Spring 2011
Bequests do not reduce current assets. Many donors want to make a greater effort to
                                                                                                            Please call or email Jaye at
support us, but are not in a position to do so right now. A bequest means that you make
the gift when you no longer need to have the funds available.                                         if your newsletter information needs
                                                                                                  to be updated or if you’d prefer to receive an
Bequests can be made after taking care of family. By including a percentage of the                    e-newsletter in order to help reduce
remainder of your estate or trust after providing for your family you can ensure that                       our printing/mailing costs.
your loved ones receive priority. Bequests can be easily modified at any time until death.                Newsletter Contributors
If your circumstances change, you can easily modify your will at any time.                               Jaye Olmstead, Dawn Stanhope
Making a decision to include David’s House in your estate plans is a personal choice. We                         Desktop Studio
encourage you to consult your tax or estate professional for more information on this
type of giving, and to contact us with questions about our bequest society.
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                             Families Served at David’s House
                                        1986 – 2010
Alabama                  1          Minnesota            4              Other Nations
Alaska                   2          Missouri             2      Bolivia                      1
Arizona                  1          Montana              1      Canada                       9
Arkansas                 2          New Hampshire    7,488      Croatia                      1
California               9          New Jersey          40      England                      1
Colorado                 2          New Mexico           2      Germany                      1
Connecticut             75          New York           202      India                        1
Delaware                 2          North Carolina      13      Indonesia                    1
District of Columbia     1          Ohio                 7      Israel                       1
Florida                 23          Oregon               2      Italy                        1
Georgia                  7          Pennsylvania        30      Nepal                        1
Hawaii                   1          Rhode Island        24      Nigeria                      1
Illinois                13          South Carolina       2      Panama                       1
Indiana                  2          South Dakota         1      Poland                       1
Iowa                     1          Tennessee            3      Puerto Rico                  1
Kansas                   4          Texas                9      Russia                       1
Kentucky                 3          Vermont          2,407      Slovakia                     1
Louisiana                2          Virginia            14      Sudan                        1
Maine                  250          Washington           4      Switzerland                  1
Maryland                 4          West Virginia        1
Massachusetts          273          Wisconsin            1      GRAND TOTAL             10, 973
Michigan                12

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