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Friday, December 21, 2012

Metro donates Festival of Lights tickets

Metro's Lisa Piecki and Pamela Chrzanowski,
Development Specialist, The Kevin Guest House 
Dec. 20 - NFTA-Metro provided Festival of Lights carload tickets and stadium blankets to be used by friends and families visiting the the Kevin Guest House. Located in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Kevin Guest House has the distinction of being the very first hospital hospitality house in the nation.
The house was founded in 1972 by Cyril and Claudia Garvey as a memorial to their son Kevin, who died of Leukemia at the young age of thirteen. The Garveys had come to Buffalo from Sharon, Pennsylvania so that Kevin could receive treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Although they were able to afford a hotel while their son was in the hospital, they recognized the need for other families who could not find comfortable and affordable lodging close to Buffalo's medical facilities. Each year this “home away from home” welcomes more than 1,200 guests from all over the world. Kevin Guest House relies solely on donations from individuals, businesses, fundraisers and grants to support their mission. In order to help out during the holiday season, NFTA-Metro has provided Festival of Lights carload tickets and stadium blankets to be used by friends and families visiting the house. “What a wonderful time of year when so many reach out to our guests during such difficult times in their lives. They are dealing with critical health issues and are away from their home, support system and those they love. The gift of Festival of Lights carload tickets will provide a few hours of joy this Christmas season to our bone marrow recovery guests and other guests visiting loved ones or receiving out-patient care over the holidays. The cozy stadium blankets bring that little bit of warmth on those chilly nights when there is nothing better than curling up on the couch watching the twinkling of our holiday lights. Thank you NFTA for your thoughtfulness.” - Executive Director, Wayne Zimmerman