Making a Home Away from Home for Families Affected by Cancer
LG Hausys' vision includes creating "human-friendly, eco-conscious living spaces" that keep customers' health, happiness and satisfaction at the forefront. In addition to offering products that meet these goals, the company also strives to give back to the community and lend support to worthwhile causes that align with that vision.
The mission of the Spokane, Washington-based Anna Schindler Foundation is to provide temporary homes for pediatric oncology families near Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane. Childhood cancer affects many families in the U.S., with an estimated 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age diagnosed with cancer each year. With some families facing long drives - sometimes up to six hours or more - to get to the hospital, and treatments that can range anywhere from a few months to several years, the need is evident for a place for families to stay while their children are undergoing this life-saving treatment.
Polly Schindler, who co-founded the Anna Schindler Foundation with her husband, Joe, stressed the need for this housing, stating that, "The families who will reside in these homes are going through a critical and stressful journey as their child fights for their life against cancer."
In 2015, the Foundation launched its Anna's Homes initiative and began building four townhomes to provide temporary dwelling to families in need. They are in the process of finalizing the first stage of two of these homes. LG Hausys lent its support to the Foundation, donating countertop materials to be installed in the first two townhomes. The Foundation also collaborated with fabricator Mario & Son, who are donating their services for this important project.
To aid in the Foundation's efforts, LG Hausys donated Viatera® Quartz Surface in Soprano to be used in the townhomes. In one of the homes, the surface is being used on the kitchen countertops and islands, and in the other home, it is being utilized for the bathroom and laundry room countertops.
According to Schindler, the donated product served a two-fold purpose. She noted that Viatera in the soft, subtle tones found in the Soprano color was "beautiful" and "brought an aesthetic feeling of brightness and peace to the homes." More importantly, she stated that Viatera?s seamless and non-porous qualities were ideal for maintaining a hygienic space without sacrificing beauty, adding, "These families live in a sensitive environment where sanitation is very important because they must limit germ/bacteria/mold/mildew exposure, and quartz surfaces are ideal for cleanliness and sanitation. The functionality is ideal because they are easy to clean, work on and practical."
The fabricator for the project, Mario and Son, donated their time and effort to help the Foundation achieve its goal and said that "partnering with LG is extremely rewarding" and pointed out the "unmatched" support they received throughout the project. Mario and Son also recognized the eco-friendly features of the surface, adding, "The LG Viatera surface allowed us to provide a safe product for a project that houses families of terminally ill children, which requires an extremely clean environment. We trust LG Viatera when it matters most." As for the installation process, the fabricator had a challenge-free experience, stating that, "the process from request to installation went very smoothly."
The Foundation recognizes the contribution of LG Hausys to this important project, with Schindler calling the donation, "a gift that blesses these families every time they stay in Anna's Homes." She went on to add that, "The money saved on this project goes directly to our oncology family's stay or another financial need. This project has been made possible by good companies giving forward to help others."
Schindler said that she would "absolutely" recommend Viatera for future projects, adding, "the surfaces are aesthetically beautiful, with great functionality and meet all concerns for health and sanitation."
Helping families affected by childhood cancer by providing a bright, inviting, and most of all safe space is integral to what LG Hausys does, and the company applauds and supports the efforts of the Anna Schindler Foundation for giving those facing a cancer diagnosis a true, comforting "home away from home."
Material: Viatera® Soprano
Fabricator: Mario & Son