In 2013, Charlie, was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Over the course of his illness, his family made themselves at home at the SECU Family House in Winston-Salem, NC where they traveled from Marion, VA. Living this experience made them realize early on the impact of a hospitality home.
The family discussed on occasions, prior to his passing, that Roanoke was also in need of this home away from home for traveling patients and their families facing medical care or treatments.
After Charlie's passing in October 2017, his family began to use his memory to ignite that dream and make it a reality. This brings us to where we are today and we need to team with the Roanoke community but also with the surrounding communities heavily impacted by the hardships imposed when travel for medical treatment is required.