A Heartwarming Evening at George Mark Children’s House

George Mark Children’s House opened for a festive and heart-warming evening that supported families of children with life-limiting illnesses on October 7, 2017. The event raised a record-breaking $350,000 for George Mark Children’s House, the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in the United States.

The event took place on the beautifully landscaped grounds of the house, which is situated on five picturesque acres in San Leandro, California. In addition to inspirational stories and house tours, guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, entertainment, and cognac tasting.

George Mark Children’s House

George Mark Children’s House is the leader in the pediatric palliative care movement. Since 2004, the exceptional staff at the George Mark Children’s House has served more than 3,000 children, parents, and siblings. Families with a patient at George Mark never see a medical bill, and its model of care is offered at significantly less cost than that of an acute care hospital facility.

As the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in the United States, George Mark Children’s House has set a new standard of care for children with chronic or terminal medical conditions. The multi-disciplinary or integrative medical care provided at the center offers greater well-being and quality of life for children and their families during a painfully difficult time, making a profoundly meaningful difference in their lives.

The goal of the George Mark Children’s House is for each patient to achieve the best quality of life possible. The hope is that one day this level of care – and this type of center – will become the standard for every child facing a chronic or terminal medical condition.

Photos by Joseph Driste