Monday, June 25, 2018

Incredibles 2 Screening at Family House

Thank you to Disney Pixar for screening the just-released Incredibles 2 at Family House, and to Google for throwing an awesome movie party so we could all get in the Super spirit! Check out the photos on 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Black Tag Bags Fundraiser

Veronica Coleman is a Family House mom and the proprietor of Black Tag Bags, and recently organized a fundraiser (one of several she’s already done!) for Family House.

What is your connection to Family House?
Family House has been my second home since Jan 2017, while our 20 month old son, Tucker, received cancer treatment at UCSF.

Tell us about your most recent fundraiser for Family House.
Black Tag Bags are handmade all-purpose bags (shopping, lunch, and handbags). Each bag is unique and I try to use reclaimed fabric as much as possible. I started making them just before Tucker was diagnosed and it was put on hold until last month. I started making and selling the bags to friends and family, then started a facebook page where bags can be purchased. I release new bags each week, and take custom orders. The bags are still in high demand and I was excited to sell out my first few weeks.

Why did you decide to help raise money for Family House?
I decided to give $2 of each bag sold to Family House simply because I can not repay Family House enough for what they have done for my family. I plan to donate $2 of every Black Tag Bag sold forever.

Do you make anything in addition to bags?
I use the wrappers from a years worth of broviac flush supplies to make crinkle squares for UCSF Pediatric Units. (Yes, I saved them, I’m BIG on recycling and the waste of medical supplies drove me nuts, so I came up with an idea to repurpose.) I have a goal to make one for every bag I sell.  (Watch the video to see how crinkly they are!)

What would you say to encourage others who are thinking of doing a fundraiser for Family House or another charity that they care about?
Every dollar counts. Facebook and social media sites make it easy to set up fundraisers. Or if you see a need, just put it out there, ask, and people will help. (Sometimes an ask for specific items, like kitchen supplies, as some people feel more comfortable donating a needed item, rather than just cash.) I think most people would rather donate to a cause that they can see the immediate results of, and our friends and family have seen first hand what Family House has done for us. 

From all of us at Family House, thank you, Veronica!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Family Stories: Brayden and Ashlee

When he was just a baby, Brayden and Ashlee stayed at Family House for months so he could receive a bone marrow transplant at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Seven years later, the transplant failed and Brayden had to have a second (and third) transplant. Hear from Ashlee how Family House helped save her son’s life.