Lexington Fisher House receives donation from Paralyzed Veterans of America
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The non-profit foundation, Friends of Lexington Fisher House, received a donation Friday from the Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
The chapter raised $1,500 from its annual Christmas Auction and a separate online fundraiser on Facebook.
The money will be used to build a Fisher House on the Lexington VA Health Care System Sousley campus on Leestown Road in Lexington.
A Fisher House is a home where Veterans’ families stay for free while their loved one is being treated at either VA facility in Lexington.
The Lexington VA Health Care System serves a 43-county area in central and eastern Kentucky, which is home to an estimated 90,000 Veterans. The need for a Fisher House in Lexington is great.
Many medical experts believe having family close can help patients heal faster. Medical treatment can separate military and veterans’ families. A Fisher House helps keep military and veterans’ families together at no cost. A family’s love is good medicine.
The homes are only built on military bases or VA property. Once the home is built, it is gifted to the VA for free. The VA then owns and operates the house.
The Lexington Fisher House will feature 16-private suites and communal kitchen, dining room and living room. It will be just shy of 14,000 square feet and will cost an estimated $7 million to build.
The Friends of Lexington Fisher House’s goal is to raise $3.5 million and receive matching funds from the national Fisher House Foundation.
Friends of Lexington Fisher House is an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
To learn more about the project or to donate online, click here
You can also mail donations to:
Friends of Lexington Fisher House
P.O. Box 54481
Lexington, KY 40555
To visit the national Fisher House Foundation’s website, click here
*Note: Pictured in the photo that accompanies this story from left-to-right:
Michael Murphy, Treasurer, Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Tom Kenny, President, Friends of Lexington Fisher House.
William (Tom) Vallandingham, President, Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.