About Believe In Tomorrow
We Believe in keeping families together during a child’s medical crisis, and that the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process. We believe the highest standards of service and unparalleled hospitality help create a unique healing environment, where families find hope and comfort. Since 1986, Believe In Tomorrow has provided over 600,000 individual overnight accommodations, helping families stay together in the midst of a child's medical crisis.
“Thank you for all of the wonderful things you have done for me and my family while I am at Hopkins. This is a wonderful place to stay!” – Andrew, age 13, Hopkins patient
Our hospital housing facilities, the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins and the House at St. Casimir, serve as national models for other hospital housing programs. St. Casimir is the only hospital housing facility in the nation dedicated exclusively to pediatric bone marrow transplant patients. The Children's House, our largest and most recognizable facility, sits just across the street from Johns Hopkins hospital and is viewed as a leading pediatric hospital facility.
Our five respite facilities were the first and remain the only of their kind in the nation. Families who experience our properties discover the serenity, proximity, and time needed to bond and mend the supportive web of family life.
When a child receiving treatment for a life-threatening illness has a parent in the United States Armed Services, many times the family is far from home without the support of an extended community. In today’s environment, one parent will likely deploy during the child’s treatment. Believe In Tomorrow works to alleviate the difficulties and stress military families often experience while caring for a critically ill child. In 2005, we made the decision to prioritize military pediatrics in the respite housing program.
With September suddenly here, there is one thought on many kids' (and parents') minds: school. As another summer came to an end, many families were trying to squeeze in one last week away before another busy school year. For the Lafond family, this week meant more than anything.
For the past two years, the Lafond's from the Bronx, New York, have been supporting 6-year-old Olivia during her fight with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of bone cancer that affects the production of normal blood cells. In 2009, Olivia underwent a bone marrow transplant shortly after her diagnosis at age three. Although she was declared to be in remission after six months, she relapsed in February 2010 and had to get yet another transplant. By the time she left the hospital in August, she was having a rough time and had lost half her body weight; school was just something in the distant future.