Micah Porat learned about Family House in 2010 and started volunteering by bringing presents and baking cookies during the holidays. His time with the siblings at the house last year was very meaningful for him. We would like to share his story:
Visiting my brother while he was at the hospital helped me understand the importance for patients to have family with them. As I walked through the hallways at night, I heard kids cry for their parents. We were fortunate to have one of the greatest hospitals in the country a few steps away, but many families suffering like ours travel long distances for good medical attention. Two years ago I learned about and began volunteering at Family House, which gives families a place to stay while their critically ill child is being treated at UCSF Benioff Children’s hospital. I play with the siblings while their parents are at the hospital. I can relate to the siblings' feelings, and I give hope to their families by telling them how my brother survived. Helping these kids reminded me of the importance of giving back. When my family needed help, so many people were available. Now that my family is healthy, it is important for me to help the families who are in need. My work at the Family House strengthened the values I had already gained when I was young and helping my own family. I took my own harsh situation and turned it into motivation to help others. These experiences will help me live my life with responsibility and compassion, which are values I learned throughout receiving and giving help.