A Story from Our Hospice Houses: The Govi Family

The EveryStep team supports patients, clients and their families and helps them find quality of life during their time of need. That's exactly what the organization did for the Govi family at the end of 2017. Gary R. Govi, who suffered from anemia and Parkinson's disease, spent the last few months of his life at the Kavanagh House on 56th Street, where he made quite the impression on staff. Gary's daughter Debra "Debbie" Richards, credits the EveryStep team with making her father's final days as comfortable as possible. "He wouldn't have gotten the care and the love that he needed, and we wouldn't have gotten that time together. I am thankful for them each and every day."

A Story from our Nurse Family Partnership: Hay Mar Nyein Chan

The transition to motherhood was sometimes difficult for Hay Mar Nyein Chan. As an immigrant from Myanmar, Chan and her husband didn't have many resources when it came to navigating their new roles as parents. That's where EveryStep came in. Through the organization's Nurse-Family Partnership program and dedicated nurse Carrie Miller, Chan applied for health insurance and learned about the pregnancy and birthing processes.

A Story from Our Amanda the Panda Program: Haydyn Howland

Haydyn Howland was destined to be a big brother, and after eight years of waiting, the caring and nurturing boy's dream came true with the birth of his little sister Adrianna. Haydyn immediately embraced his brotherly duties - changing all of his new sister's diapers and making sure she was taken care of. Forty-four days after Adrianna's birth something happened that Haydyn couldn't control: His beloved little sister died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Having a difficult time coping with his loss, Haydyn's grandmother suggested he attend EveryStep's Amanda the Panda grief support group.

A Story from our Foundation: Sarah Sullivan

Sarah Sullivan, 35, has seen over 200 different doctors in her lifetime. She had her first open heart surgery at just 2 months old. Sarah has never given up on life despite several critical surgeries, a rare blood disease Mayo Clinic named the "Sarah Sullivan Syndrome", and devastatingly low levels of oxygen. She continues to have an upbeat spirit and is surrounded by a family that loves and cherishes her.