Three years ago, JLL’s Executive Vice President Pat Harlan was introduced to Ryan House, a unique organization designed to deliver multiple adaptive modes of on-site care to children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys. After learning more about the organization, Pat has become one its board members, currently serving as secretary.
Ryan House is the only organization of its kind in the Southwest, and one of two in the country. It provides a range of services including pediatric respite care, pediatric palliative care, life-enhancing therapeutic activities, pediatric end-of-life care and grief and bereavement support. All services are provided at no cost.
The organization was formed by the Cotter family in 2004 after experiencing the love and support of staff at the Helen House in Oxford, England. The Cotter family spent time at the Helen House with their son, Ryan, who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
When family returned to America, they discovered an organization like the Helen House did not exist in the U.S. and therefore, worked to establish the Ryan House. Success came from the support of family, friends and exceptional community leaders and organizations including an initial planning grant from St. Luke’s Health Initiatives and a bridge grant from Hospice of the Valley.
In 2014/2015, Ryan House served a total of 252 children enrolled in the respite program.
“I love Ryan House,” said Harlan. “We are blessed with the opportunity to provide highly critical services to these amazing children and their loving families. It is an honor to be involved.”
Ryan House is 100% funded by donations. A large amount of donations are collected at the organization’s annual Community Breakfast. This year’s breakfast will be held on Friday, March 31 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Click here to learn how to attend.