This Giving Tuesday, we are inviting you to support the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children.
The Center for Medically Fragile Children is the only pediatric skilled nursing facility in the Pacific Northwest. It provides compassionate 24-hour long-term, short stay, respite, sub-acute and end-of-life care for children and young people with profound disabilities and complex medical needs ranging in age from infancy to 21 years.
You can make a gift here, and thank you for your ongoing support as we care for our region's most vulnerable kids.
Meet Amanda and Kobi
"We moved to Portland a few years ago and don’t have any family nearby to help us care for our medically fragile two-year-old son Kobi,” said Amanda Leeder.
“Kobi has a feeding tube and a major seizure disorder and will likely never walk or talk,” explained Amanda. “Caring for a child like Kobi every day can be emotionally and physically draining, and is often met with practical limitations and frustrations.”
Thanks to your generosity, Kobi has been able to stay at the Center for Medically Fragile Children for respite care, giving his family a much-needed break. In addition, short-term care also is available at the center.
This can be very helpful for a child who is cared for at home and develops a new (or recurring) medical issue that needs highly specialized professional care. A short-term stay can last from several days to several months.
"We are grateful that we have access to respite care so close to our home, and we feel incredibly blessed that this care is nothing short of extraordinary."
- Amanda Leeder
“While these challenges can pose a threat to our quality of life, having the Center for Medically Fragile Children nearby allows Kobi to receive incredible care while we recharge our batteries or tend to other areas of our life,” said Amanda. Kobi has both a younger and an older brother."
The patience and attentiveness of the center’s staff is beyond measure and far exceeded my expectations for a caregiving job that is so demanding. My overwhelming impression of CMFC is that the children there feel very loved and cared for,” she said.
“We are grateful that we have access to respite care so close to our home, and we feel incredibly blessed that this care is nothing short of extraordinary. Thank you for all that you do for us!”
Make a Giving Tuesday gift to the Center for Medically Fragile Children to support kids like Kobi.