"July 4, 2014 is a day I will never forget; I was 7 months pregnant when my mother had a brain aneurysm and was life-flighted to Harborview Medical Center. For over 20 days I would sleep on a small bench with a sheet and at times in the windowsill. The hotels, with a discount for staying at Harborview, wanted $300.00 a night to stay. That ICU waiting room became a home to me and to other people’s families. Some of those families slept in the chairs, on the floor, and on another small bench. I often have wished when I look back at that time that there was something in place to help families when their loved ones ended up in the Hospital. We were unable to qualify for any help, as we were not at a children’s hospital. I am in awe with Akira’s Foundation and stand behind them and what they stand for. I know we could have benefited from their help, but I do know that because of their generosity other families are able to receive the help they need during their difficult time. To Akira’s Foundation, a huge THANK YOU for all that you do!”  DaLaura


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