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Most people probably don’t know that children with Down syndrome are 20 to 30 times more likely to develop leukemia than kids without Down syndrome. Nala’s mom, Erna, had been to Hope Haven for Nala’s speech therapy, but when Nala was diagnosed with leukemia Terri, Hope Haven’s Director of Education came to the hospital with books and activities for Nala. During those long hours, Terri’s visits gave the parents time to breathe and Nala something to look forward to.

Because treatment reduces the immune’s system’s ability to fight germs, Nala’s mom was terrified to put her back in her old daycare. Erna, a self-proclaimed neat freak, was simply going to keep her at home for the one to two years that treatment would take. Terri assured her that because of our small school setting Hope Haven is able to clean at a much higher rate and the teachers are able to monitor the students closely.

Erna decided to start with Hope Haven’s summer camp and see how it went. Nala was so happy to be with new friends and loved coming so much each day that mom realized she could finally relax. She enrolled her in Hope Haven’s Discovery School, Now, five months later, Nala is learning at a rate she can’t believe and her personality has blossomed. She is talking more and saying please and thank you. “For the first time in 4 years I finally feel like I have a team that helps me care for her,” says Erna. “It’s all the little things that matter, and bringing Nala to Hope Haven was the best decision ever.”

A Letter From The Executive Director:

Dear Hope Haven Supporters,
While some families come to us with the resources to obtain the interventions they know will benefit their children, other families come to us without insurance or large bank accounts. Your end of the year gift would allow us to serve under-resourced families on a sliding fee scale basis, by creating a fund that will offset their costs in accordance with their ability to pay.

The end result of your contribution is that your dollars will be wisely utilized to change the course for special needs children today, making strong families and communities for tomorrow.

Ways to Give:

Hope Haven raises funds to support our programs and services as well as scholarships for the children whose families are unable to afford services.

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If you prefer to mail in your contribution we are at 4600 Beach Boulevard, Jax 32207

If you have any questions please call Nancy Weaver at 904-513-5981 or email nancyw@hope-haven.org

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