Most Fridays are "Clinic Days", when Landon is expected to be at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber. Many of those days start as soon as the JFC opens at 8:45 am. We live about 75 minutes south of Boston...without traffic. As you may have heard, Boston:traffic as peas:carrots. On the days we have to be there super early, we often take advantage of the Boston House.
Not far from the clinic, the Boston House is a place to stay for anybody from anywhere that is receiving care at Dana Farber Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders facilities. It is a non-profit, operating from donations from the public. Patients are welcome to stay as long as they are receiving treatment at Dana Farber. Families can donate but it is not required.
To Landon, it's a really big house with lots of rooms where we sleep overnight sometimes to avoid the traffic, and that nice people have put food in the kitchen for us to eat. He loves the playroom, but we honestly haven't been there long enough for Landon to fully enjoy the basement playroom yet.
To us, it's an amazing, comfortable, quiet, and well-kept place funded by good-hearted, loving people. It's a nice convenience to avoid traffic and make our lives a little easier. However, we are the exception I believe...many families that stay there are from out of state or even out of country. They are afforded a place to comfortably stay, stocked with food and books and games and parking and love, within walking distance to Dana Farber to receive the best care in the world. Every time we walk in the front door, it warms my heart that places like this exist for people that need it more than most.