• Samantha
    Samantha

    Making a Difference...

      one person at a time

    Who is Samantha Allen and why did so many people want to help her? If you met Samantha in person you would know the answer to the second part of that question. To meet her is to love her, to be touched by her sweet and loving nature, to be changed by seeing such a beautiful child in a wheelchair, to understand even a little about what a challenge her daily life must be, and to want to make a difference in her life.
    No family could ever be prepared for the horrific events that took place on a beautiful spring day in 2003. As then, eight-year-old Samantha Allen crossed the street in front of her home, and was struck by a car. Her injuries included the same type of spinal cord injury that the late Christopher Reeve suffered. Samantha is confined to a wheelchair and requires 24-hour medical care. But Samantha is more than the result of a horrific car accident; more than a list of medical diagnoses. She is a beautiful girl with gorgeous eyes and shining blonde hair. She is an artist, and dreams of being a rock star. She is a sister and daughter who proclaimed that the best part of going to Disney World wasn't the rides or characters or plane trip, but spending time with her family.
    She has captured the hearts of people throughout Indianapolis, including business and civic leaders. She loves to do all the things any girl does, only with the limitations that quadriplegia brings. She loves to go to the mall, dancing (with her eyes), singing, dressing up as a diva, butterflies, and flowers. One of her wishes is to have a flower garden with a gazebo. She loves cats, but sister Cheyenne is allergic, so no cat! Samantha may be eligible one day to receive a specially trained capuchin monkey from Helping Hands to help with her daily activities. Please make a donation to the Samantha's House Foundation, so that we can help others, like Samantha, live in a home that is appropriate for her needs.
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  • Nicole
    Nicole

    Giving Hope and Dignity...

      to those who need our help

    Ever since Nicole Richards was a little girl, she dreamed of being an Olympic gymnast. The application of that dream started when she was just two years old. Her parents enrolled her in pre-school tumbling classes, and thus started her gymnastics career. Once Nicole got older, she began competing at the state, regional and national levels. She trained four to five days a week and won many state and regional USA Gymnastics and IHSAA titles. During Nicole’s junior year of high school at Perry Meridian, she decided she wanted to pursue a collegiate gymnastics career. She wanted to stay close to home, so Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. was the answer.
    On a fateful day in February – February 18, 2000 to be exact – Nicole and two of her friends and current teammates took a trip to Ball State to meet with the coaches and be introduced to the girls for the first time. Her dreams started to really materialize when watching the girls perform. She knew that the next fall, her training with them would begin. However, on the way home, the car she was in was involved in 22-car pile-up. Midwestern winters can be brutal and black ice is a problem. Nicole was in the back seat. She was life-lined to the IU Med Center and immediately went into emergency surgery to fuse her vertebrae. She sustained a C-6 -7 complete spinal cord injury. She was now paralyzed from the chest down and would spend every day in a power wheelchair. An outpouring of support came from friends and family in the days and months after the accident. After months of grueling rehab in Chicago, she finished her senior year in high school and started at IUPUI in the fall. Despite her dream of a gymnastics career at BSU, she still wanted to attend classes there. You see, the dream wasn’t just about her athletic endeavors, education and scholastic achievement were important as well. In the fall of 2001, she transferred from IUPUI to BSU. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications within four and half years, despite the many obstacles facing her. Lack of nursing care Her mom drove an hour and half each morning and each night to get Cole ready for school, for the first semester, her mom couldn’t stay though, because she also had her other two children at home to get ready for school True accessible dorms Malfunctioning equipment No close-by bathroom Being in bed when fire alarms went off She took a full course load, had three surgeries, wrote for the Daily News and reported for the News Center. To lessen the stress on her family, Nicole decided to get her license, but had to complete over 100 hours of specialized training and testing. She had to re-learn how to drive, but this time by using only her hands with hand controls. Nicole still kept gymnastics close to her heart, though, she went to the BSU practices and all the home meets. The athletic director even gave her the letter jacket she would’ve received. She taught gymnastics lessons every summer to younger girls that dreamed the dreams Nicole had all those years ago. She even got her judging license and continues to use it to judge club meets, USA gymnastics and high school meets. The sport is still a major part of her life.
    Upon gradation, she moved back home to Indianapolis and got reacquainted with life at home with her mom and siblings. Nicole isn’t the type to stay idle long – within a year she got a full time job as a human resource specialist with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service for the Department of Defense. She works 40 hours a week; judge’s gymnastics meets, attends all of her sibling’s athletic events and is actively involved with her friends’ lives. She puts on fundraisers and speaks to youth groups in the community. She advocates for spinal cord research and strives to find a cure for all spinal cord injuries. Nicole’s current dilemma is she’s ready to be on her own but can’t because of her living situation. She yearns for independence but can’t afford to do it on her own. Her make-shift bedroom and bathroom that her grandpa built barely provides enough space. She has come so far and done so much for everyone – we would like to see someone do something for her in return.
    • Gabby
      Gabby

      Delivering Freedom...

        by creating living conditions for people’s unique needs

      Gabrielle's life started uneventfully. Her mother would actually recall that it was her easiest pregnancy. Although the family had already experienced loss through the death of their first daughter, there was no indication of what was about to happen four months into Gabby's young life.
      As Mike & Penny were out to dinner, the babysitter called to let them know that something seemed wrong with Gabrielle. When they arrived home, they found Gabrielle in the arms of babysitter, crying; but with very good color. An ambulance was called and during the ride to the hospital, seizures began, which eventually necessitated that Gabby be placed in a medically-induced coma. Doctors were baffled by her condition, but eventually diagnosed her with a seemingly rare Mitochondrial Disease. Life expectancy was set at anywhere from a few weeks and months to maybe under a year. Later the prognosis was extended to 2-5 years, then 5-10 years, and then Doctors became unclear about her long-term future.
      With the help of Samanthas House an amazing one-story house was built, giving her the space she needed to thrive. Gabby attended a special needs school until she finally succumbed to the illness in June of 2015. During her years in the house that was built, she was a joy for her parents, siblings, family, friends and any others that she comes in contact with.
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        • Anthony
          Anthony

          Building Our Community...

          through partnerships with private, public and corporate donors

          The Long family has been selected to receive our newest "Samanthas House" home. Watch the following video to learn more about them, Anthony and the new house that one day they will call home.
          • Jackson
            Jackson

            Giving Hope and Dignity...

              to those who need our help

            Hope, inspiration, determination and courage, those are just a few of the words that we would use to describe the story of Jackson and Amy Miller, then next Samantha’s House recipients. Life has been tough for this special young boy and his single mother. The were trapped in a home that didn’t meet their needs and financially couldn’t afford to purchase an accessible home. Samantha’s House was thrilled to have the chance to help them get into a home that met their needs. You can continue to partner with us to help make this dream a reality for others who have the same or similar needs. (Room photos are design inspiration-not the actual rooms)

            Jackson's Room

            Amy's Master Bedroom

            Amy's Master Bath

            • Help Husdon! – Our Newest Nominated Recipient
              Help Husdon! – Our Newest Nominated Recipient

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              • Mia
                Mia

                Making a Difference...

                  one person at a time

                Mia is a beautiful, bright, spunky girl. She spent the summer of 2013 riding her bike, hanging out with her brother and sister, babysitting, enjoying time with friends and going to the Y. In the fall, Mia ran cross country for her school and began to settle into life as a Jr high-schooler. Unfortunately, on Thanksgiving Day of 2013 her life changed. Mia woke up with severe pain in her back. Within 30 minutes she was unable to stand or walk. Her mother, Isabel, rushed her to the hospital where an MRI revealed a blood clot compressing her spine. Mia was paralyzed from the chest down. She was immediately transferred to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital where emergency surgery was performed to remove the clot and relieve the pressure. Mia was diagnosed with Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). She underwent a second surgery to stabilize her neck and after 2 weeks, Mia was finally moved out of ICU. On December 18th, Mia was transferred to Cincinnati Children's Hospital where she spent several months doing intensive physical therapy. Mia remains paralyzed in both legs and her right diaphragm. Both lungs are partially collapsed and she requires the use of a bi-pap machine at night to assist with her breathing. She also receives ongoing breathing treatments throughout the day and after her therapy sessions. Mia is working hard to regain full use of both of her hands, but currently can not hold a pencil or button her shirt. Isabel (Mia's mother) writes; "Mia's strength continues to amaze me. She has overcome more obstacles than a person would care to face in a lifetime. Her fight is just beginning... Mia has a long road ahead of her, but the plethora of prayers and continued support has made this road a lot less bumpy. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the e-mails, phone calls, texts and prayers that have come my way... thank you my friends! We are truly blessed!!" On Saturday, October 18th, 2014 Mia received a new handicap-accessible vehicle thanks to the generosity of many community donations and corporate partnerships facilitated by Samantha's House & Van.
                • Luke
                  Luke

                  Expanding Accessibility...

                  with new ways to serve those in need

                  Luke was supposedly born healthy. But at 18 hours old, Luke's nurse noticed his breathing was labored. She also noticed bluing around the nose and mouth areas. Immediately, and unknown to us at the time, Luke was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. His parents were informed that Luke may be suffering from a severe infection. Two weeks went by and Luke was still in a life-threatening condition. Many physicians, and newboard specialists, performed multiple tests on Luke, but could not determine what was wrong. During this entire time, his internal organs were failing, he was on a ventilator, and he was swelling by retaining the fluids being pumped in, since his kidneys weren't functioning properly. Finally, at 14 days old, Luke was diagnosed with a heart condition called a coarctation (a narrowing of the artery that supplies the heart with blood). Immediately, he was taken by ambulance to Riley Children's Hospital where heart surgery would be performed the very next day. Almost instantly, Luke's condition began to improve. His organs began to recover and function at somewhat normal levels, although he did fail his newborn hearing test. Luke didn't have the natural instinct to suck from a bottle so his parents began feeding him through a nasogastric tube. Within just a month or so of bringing Luke home, it was quickly discovered that Luke would have ongoing problems for the rest of his life. At about 18 months old, Luke was diagnoed with quad athetoid cerebral palsy; all his limbs are affected. Luke doesn't walk, talk, or eat by mouth.
                  Currently, Luke uses the following pieces of equipment on a daily basis: custom wheelchair, orthotic braces for his legs, custom chair for his g-tube feedings, standing device, feeding pump, custom bed, bathing seat, iPad, and a Dynavox computer for communication. Obviously, with all of the challenges that come with the above medical needs, one thing that is critical for him is transportation. It is critical for him to go to doctor appointments, weekly therapy sessions and just as important to just get out and attend baseball games and/or family reunions. Because of financial circumstances and the high cost of a handicap-accessible van, Luke's mother, who is raising another son on her own has struggled to provide the safe and reliable transportation that is required.
                  Through Samantha's House and Van, and the support of many generous donors, Luke received his handicap-accessible van. Now Luke is safe and secure in his new custom van and can communicate during trips using his computer.
                  2015 Samanthas House Luke and Board Members
                  A host of family, friends and supporters came together on November 13th, 2015 to celebrate the Van reveal for Luke Borszem. Please continue to donate, so that more deserving individuals like Luke will have their needs met.
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                    Help Husdon! – Our Newest Nominated Recipient

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                    • Darius
                      Darius

                      Expanding Accessibility...

                      with new ways to serve those in need

                      After being bullied earlier in the week over using a towel to dry off his bus seat, Darius' attacker came to his house and threatened him; telling him to wait until Friday. On August 15th, 2015, while walking home with his girlfriend and best friend, his attacker came to fight him. Instead of putting up his fists to fight, he picked Darius up and dropped him on his neck. Darius could not feel anything after that. If it were not for his best friend, Darius' injury would have been much worse. Darius spent 301 days in the hospital, spending time in 4 different hospitals, enduring 10 surgeries, having pnuemonia twice and a couple of infections. All of this necessitated the removal of hardware that the surgeons had installed in his neck. Even despite this, Darius is greatful for his life, his family, close friends and a host of new friends that he's met along this journey. With the help of reliable transportation from generous donors, he intends to continue with rehab, get stronger and become more independent. In a Christmas gift reveal, on December 21st, 2016, Darius received the third handicap-accessible van from Samantha's House & Van. With your continued support, we can continue to help deserving and determined individuals like Darius. His inspirational example gives us the strength to continue forward; helping the next individual(s) in need.
                      • Macy
                        Macy

                        Expanding Accessibility...

                        with new ways to serve those in need

                        In 2013, Macy Huff was paralyzed from the waste down during a tumbling accident while preparing for cheer-leading tryouts. "I remember falling and landing and then I was just laying there", Huff said. The accident is a permanent fixture in her mind; not as a memory of sadness and regret, but one of how her new life was formed. "I knew my mind was going to have to be moving forward and not just looking back on past dreams I had; but instead it had to be dreaming about the future" Huff is considered a C5-6 quadriplegic. Her injuries are more complex than you might think, when you first meet the energetic and spunky woman today. It's more than just issues of not being able to walk or move her legs. Everything has to be closely monitored; from her temperature, to the movement in her hands. Her injuries are so severe that she even has difficulty moving her fingers. They also prevent her from doing some of the things she used to do with her friends. Around Halloween, for example, she can't go to the normal haunted houses and if she decides to go to the movies or the mall, she must make sure that the areas are handicap accessible. Although doing normal things with friends is difficult and requires more planning, she's thankful for the support of her friends and family. Those are the people helping her find the mental and physical strength to push on. In an effort to enhance Macy's abilities and help her turn her internal strength into external action, Samantha's House & Van was happy to donate a new handicap accessible van at our 2017 golf outing. Through the generous donations of countless individuals, Macy's van is going to allow her greater freedom and flexibility as she transitions from being a high school student to attending school at Franklin College; where she again plans to join the cheer-leading squad. Please contribute what you can, so that strong leaders, like Macy, can show the world what determination and perseverance can do.
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                          Help Hudson! – Our Newest Nominated Recipient

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                          • Hudson
                            Hudson
                            Hudson was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition called TAF1 syndrome, a condition so new it has yet to be named. This syndrome causes developmental delays and weakened muscle tone. Hudson has just begun to use a walker. However, his stability is very poor and his hearing and speech are also affected. This project involves a complete bathroom/bedroom remodel, including an outside handicapped ramp. This remodel will allow Hudson to move freely from room to room and will allow him and his family the freedom and dignity to cope with their lives. Please make a donation now to help support Hudson and his family.

                            Welcome to the Samantha’s House and Van website. We are a 501c3 charitable foundation with a mission: Our mission is to help people who are trapped both physically and financially due to serious injuries or disabilities by improving their surroundings to make their life a little easier.

                            The foundation chooses deserving people that have everyday life challenges due to their injuries or disabilities and current living conditions that are not conducive to their unique needs. With the help of individuals like you, the community and our corporate sponsors, we raise money to support building fully handicapped accessible homes and/or handicapped accessible vans. This allows the individual or families lives to become a little easier.


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