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2023 Annual Newsletter

For over four decades Little Mary’s Hospitality House has provided free vacations for families who have children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses. Little Mary's Hospitality House was founded by Tom and Maureen Fisher in memory of their 3-year-old daughter Mary Catherine, who died of a brain tumor in 1982. The Fischers have cherished their final family vacation with Mary and have turned the death of their daughter into a gift for other families who face the loss of a child. The sole purpose is to be a blessing to our guests who are facing these heartbreaking health challenges with their children. Our desire is for them to enjoy their time together during their stay without the financial burden, and we provide an expense-free getaway that creates lasting memories and rays of hope for all who visit us.

Highlights from this year

  • Rick and Erica Konwinski have been a real blessing to our property management for the last 2 years. Their attention to our maintenance needs and housekeeping makes them far more valuable than we can express. We want to publicly thank them for all of their behind-the-scenes commitment to our program.

  • Baker College continues to be a faithful supporter of our facilities over the years, and this year was no different. We are grateful to the hard-working nursing students who donate their love and time to rake up the millions of leaves that decorate our property in the spring and fall.

  • Busy season started in June, we had families visiting who cover the spectrum of medical needs and situations. Our visitors find strength in their shared stories and difficult times. It helps to know you’re not alone when experiencing trials and tribulations like intense medical treatments, remission, and death that changes their lives forever. The journey is not ours to walk alone, we always have the love of our heavenly Father to carry us in times of need and bring us to a peace that surpasses all understanding.

  • July 4th brought our annual parade and free pig roast, shared with the visiting families and community, hosted on the premises of our unique facility. The night ended with hundreds of attendees to the area for a first-class display of spectacular fireworks which glistened over Crystal Lake in our little town of Wellston.

  • After a 2 year hiatus from in-person fundraisers, we celebrated the Good Ol’ Days-themed event on July 15th at the Wellston Community Center. The extravaganza was attended by supporters near and far, and we were honored to have an unexpected surprise visit from the Angelbrandt Family. Eli, the honored guest, who is a cancer survivor shared their beautiful memories they experienced years prior while staying at Little Marys.

  • We would like to thank Mark and Theresa Fischer, proprietors of Fischer L.P. Gas Company for their generous donations to this fundraiser over the years. There are also countless other supporters and volunteers who tirelessly give of their time and resources to Little Mary’s Hospitality House.

Looking ahead to the New Year

As we look ahead to the future we are excited that the next generation of Fischer’s are preparing to continue this great ministry. We hope that you will continue to partner with us through prayer and financial donations. Wishing you peace, joy, and love.

Happy New Year 2024!

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