Where is the Expansion Taking Place?


Your gift will help Kevin Guest House to restore 766 Ellicott Streeta grand Victorian home right next door to our existing campus, to offer: 

- 4 Private Suites with Private Bathrooms
- 2 New Transplant Recovery Apartments
- Shared Spaces*
*Includes a kitchenette, meeting/work/living space, relaxation area, elevator and full accessibility.
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Why Does KGH Need to Expand? 
"Kevin Guest House allows patients to put their health first, and is a crucial partner in our work to save lives."

Philip McCarthy, MD
Professor of Oncology & Internal Medicine
Director, Blood & Marrow Transplant Center
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
 
"It’s where patients and families find understanding and a sense of ‘home' when their lives are suddenly turned upside down.”

Nicholas Silvestri, MD
Assoc. Professor of Neurology
Jacobs School of Medicine
UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

How to Give

FUNraising for Kevin Guest House!

Have FUN raising funds for the Expansion Campaign for Kevin Guest House! Ask us for
help to plan, orchestrate and promote any of these ideas below. Have a unique idea of your own? Tell us about it! Contact Kate Heidinger at 716-882-1818 or kheidinger@kevinguesthouse.org.

  • Collect Cans
    from home, work or school, you can collect cans and donate the return deposit.

  • Lemonade Stand 
    Teach kiddos about give back by hosting a lemonade stand on a sunny day.
  • Dress Down Day
    Host a dress down day at work with employees paying a few bucks to be 
    casual for the day.

  • ZumbaThon
    Get fit with a ZumbaThon! Up the ante with basket raffles and other fun prizes!

  • Basket Raffle
    Get friends together to make up a baskets selling tickets to friends and 
    co-workers.

  • Celebrate Your Birthday
    Instead of gifts you won’t use, ask for gifts will make an impact in the community.

  • Host a Get-Together
    The best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach! Host a 
    dinner, beer or wine tasting, dessert party or other fun get together.

  • Become a Virtual Fundraiser
    Sign up online at KevinGuestHouse.org



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Naming Opportunities

To learn more, or to discuss other opportunities, please contact Kate Heidinger, Campaign & Development Officer, at 716-882-1818 or kheidinger@kevinguesthouse.org

Main House: 782 Ellicott Street

House Naming...............SOLD 
Dining Room..................SOLD
Room #8........................SOLD
Room #9........................SOLD
Pantry............................$50,000
Room #10...... ...............$50,000
Room #11......................$50,000
Room #12......................$50,000
Room #7....................... $50,000
Breakfast Nook............ .$50,000
Downstairs Bathroom...$25,000
Room #14......................$25,000
Room #15......................$25,000


Expansion: 766 Ellicott Street

House Naming...............SOLD
Media & Play Room......$350,000
Elevator.........................$250,000
Media Room.................$250,000
Transplant Recovery....$150,000
Apartment (1 of 2 available)
Living Room.................SOLD
Family Suite.................$100,000
(4 of 4 available)
Workshop....................$100,000
Kid’s Play Room........... $ 50,000
Solarium.......................$ 50,000
Breakfast Nook............$ 50,000
Front Porch...................SOLD

Yellow Brick Apartments

House Naming...........  $500,000
Transplant Recovery   $150,000
Apartment (2 of 2 available)

Healing Garden

Garden Naming.............$200,000
Gazebo...........................$  50,000
Pavers (8x13)................. $ 10,000
Pavers (8x7)....................$    5,000
Pavers (4x7)....................$    2,500

Guest Stories


The Dixons of Duke Center, Pennsylvania, always celebrated Thanksgiving like so many others. But in November 2015, a Norman Rockwell painting was not in store for 32-year-old Nick Dixon, Jr. and his family. 

Nick’s parents, Barb and Nick, Sr., had called him before the holiday to catch up. He didn’t answer, or return messages. Barb went to see him at his apartment. Nick’s car was in his driveway, but he didn’t answer. She called upon the New York State Police and the Allegany Sherriff’s department.

Inside, they found Nick unconscious, thrashing about violently on his couch. 

Nick was rushed to Olean General Hospital, and soon transfered to Buffalo General Hospital. Dr. Nicholas Silvestri, a neurologist with Kaleida Health and an Associate Professor of Neurology at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, made the diagnosis. It was autoimmune encephalitis—a rare disease in which the body’s own antibodies attack the brain. 
The disease affects just one in 10 million people. 

“When a Buffalo General Hospital social worker referred us to Kevin Guest House, it was the answer to our prayers,” shared Barb.

Their Kevin Guest House room with four beds let the whole family stay together, including their daughter, and visiting family members. A shuttle bus that runs continuously took just 10 minutes to get them to Nick’s hospital room each day. And thanks to the free Wi-Fi, phone and computers provided by Kevin Guest House, Nick, Sr. was able to keep working, to ensure income for his family.

Nick, Jr., made progress month after month. The squeeze of a hand, returned. A wiggling toe. Sticking out his tongue. 

Today he’s finally home, continuing his slow, steady climb to recovery. Through it all, Kevin Guest House has been there.

“Sitting around the table at night with other families at Kevin Guest House was so supportive and moving,” shared Barb. 

"The fellowship, the comradery. If the Garvey family could be a fly on the wall and see what they’ve done… for everyone… They would know how very much this place means to so many of us.”



Sandy and Bruce Garthwaite, from Great Valley, New York, stayed in Kevin Guest House’s transplant recovery apartment for nearly three months while Sandy, a leukemia patient at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, was recovering from a blood and marrow transplant. 

The couple, married 27 years, has four children: Jennifer (35), Amanda (33), Jason (25) and Josh (16). 

Sandy was previously treated for breast cancer by a community practice, and was declared cancer-free in January 2014. But during the winter of 2014, Sandy became ill again. Her doctor thought it was bronchitis. When she continued to get worse, she was sent to Olean General Hospital for tests, and told she had a combination of leukemia and fungal pneumonia. 

Sandy was immediately transferred to Roswell Park at 11:00 pm that winter evening, and placed in the transplant wing. Bruce, a truck driver, was in California when Sandy received the diagnosis. He drove home in under three days, parked his truck, and didn’t go back to work so that he could stay by her side. 

At Roswell Park, Sandy was treated for her cancer and pneumonia simultaneously, but a transplant match was critically needed. Chemotherapy was administered every 12 weeks for 18 months while Sandy waited. 

Finally, a match was found. 
Although the risks were great—an expected five- to forty-percent survival rate—Sandy went through with her transplant on September 18, 2014. She was released 18 days later—12 days  
sooner than doctors expected.  

Like most BMT patients, Sandy would need to stay within 40 minutes of Roswell Park during the first 100 days of her recovery. Sick, weak, and with both spouses out of work for nearly a year, the family was barely getting by on disability benefits and had nowhere to turn. 
 
“It was wonderful having our own apartment with a full kitchen, washer and dryer,” shared Sandy. “Our children and grandchildren could visit, share meals, and even stay overnight.” 

The Garthwaites are now home, where Sandy continues her recovery. 


Schedule a Tour

Call us today at 716-882-1818 or use the form below to request a tour, or to ask any questions. Thank you for your generosity!

Contributors

Our most heartfelt thanks is extended to the Garvey Family and their friends for committing to raise $1 million in support of the Expansion Campaign for Kevin Guest House.

$500,000+
Russell J. Salvatore

$250,000 - $499,999
Thomas & Mary Garvey 

$100,000 - $249,999
Eastman Foundation
Garman Family Foundation 
Denis & Susan Garvey
Betty J. Granger
John R. Oishei Foundation
Steven & Annette Waymel

$50,000 - $99,999 
Hugh & Nina Garvey, III 
KeyBank Foundation 
The M.G. O'Neil Foundation 
Richard C. Schafer Trust
(
Barbara Schafer & Suzy Schafer Garvey, Trustees )

$25,000 - $49,999 
Ciminelli Real Estate
Marla & Joe Coniglio 
James H. Cummings Foundation 
Kevin & Karen Durawa 
Ferguson Electric 
James & Michele Kirsch 
Richard & Debbie Kirsch 
Martin & Ann Klest 
Lawley 
M&T Charitable Foundation 

 $10,000 - $24,999 
The Baird Foundation 
John W. Danforth, Co. 
East Hill Foundation
Mr. Robert Evans 
First Niagara Bank 
Henry & Judy Gorino 
Patience Hogan 
Robert & Elaine Marinucci 
Ed & Lori Moore
NHL Foundation 
Richard & Annette Pringle 
Estate of Marie Weiss 
Whitehead-Lane Families

$5,000 - $9,999 
Michael & Madonna Bonitatibus 
David & Katherine Carlson
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Condon 
DuPont 
Evans, Garvey, Lackey & Ochs 
Christian & Melinda Fleissner 
Thomas & Carol Galuhn
John & Jeanne Garvey 
Goldman Sachs
Josephine Goodyear Foundation 
Mary Grenier 
National Grid 
Beth Patri
Michael & Janie Piemonte
Mr. & Mrs. F. W. Potocnik 
Don Roesch 
Jamie & Gail Scotland 
Tegna Foundation
Trinity Development Group 

 $2,500 - $4,999 
James & Shannon Bandoblu 
David and Gina Carpenter 
Cattaraugus County Community Foundation
Chubb Insurance 
Jeffrey & Carrie Karabanowski
Martha Kirsch     
Ann Garvey Klest / Make Corporation 
Steven & Rosemarie McGlone 
Donald & Darby Mori 
Al & Barbara Ryer 
Richard & Pamela Schott 
Bernard & Estelle Siegel 
Timothy Vaeth 
Angelo Veanes 
Bradley & Lynsey Weaver 

 $1,000 - $2,499 
Patrick & Monica Crawford 
Anne & Neal Christiansen
Frank & Linda Evans 
Harry & Karen Evans 
John & Patricia Evans 
Joseph & Terry Evans
Families of FANA of WNY, Inc.
John F. Floyd 
Alexadra Garvey Friel 
Michael & Lauren Garvey 
Douglas & Nedema Gemmell
Khurshid Guru, MD & Lubna Guru 
Kate & Nick Heidinger 
Griff & Kathy Hogan
Jeffrey Howard 
Philip H. Hubbell
 JP Morgan
 Johnson & Johnson 
Robert & Marlisa Kalb 
Maureen Kelly 
Edward L. Kirby Jr. 
Scott Mawaka
Philip McCarthy, MD & Jane McCarthy 
Douglas C. Muth 
James & Barbara Pagos 
Mary A. Pringle
James Prez
Lawrence Quinn Fund 
RealtyUSA 
Seneca Nation of Indians
Ms. Barbara Schafer 
Thomas Schwab, MD, Ph.D. & Christina Tobin
Cynthia Schwartz 
Clara Stewart 
Karen Synor
Audrey Czesak / Trinity Title & Abstract    
Kevin & Adrienne Thompson 
Tiede-Zoeller Tile Corp.
Eunice Wang, MD
James & Donna Winner 
Geanne Zanatta & Joseph Morath Jr.
Daniel & Christine Zimmer 

 Thank you to our 90+ additional donors 
who have committed more than $26,000 to the future of Kevin Guest House. 


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