David's House grew from the wishes of a young boy named David who passed away at age 5 from leukemia. Each time he was discharged from the hospital, he begged his parents to let him take the other kids home with him to his haven from the frightening things that happen at a hospital. Likewise, though his family lived nearby, his parents met families who slept in their cars or on the floor of hospital rooms, unable to afford any length of stay at a hotel and unwilling to leave their child's side. After learning that David has only months to live and frustrated by the lack of support for families like his, Dick Cyr said, "We're going to build a place, and we're going to call it David's House."
26 years later, David's House continues to be a home-away-from-home and a place of support for families with children receiving treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center and has served over 12,000 unique families from around the world. We're excited to be in the midst of a project called Keeping David's Promise that will, among other things, add four more bedrooms so that we can serve more families than ever.
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