Marin Ruskusky is so passionate about Almost Home Kids at OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois that she featured AHK in her Capstone Project! The Capstone Project is a service project the 8th graders of St Philomena School participate in throughout the year.
“We learn how to help alleviate suffering such as childhood disabilities, in this case, in our local area. We research statistics, causes and other factors of human suffering. Then we choose an organization that we believe helps alleviate that certain aspect of human suffering.” said Marin “I chose Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois because of my family’s connection. My two younger brothers are [medical complex]. Their condition is similar to cerebral palsy.”
Marin’s brothers are both non-ambulatory and non-verbal. Both are also visually impaired. Growing up as a sister, Marin noticed people wouldn’t know how to react when seeing them. “They are usually confused or scared to be around them because they are concerned they might hurt the boys.” Marin explains “Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois not only has helped my family but they help other families too, to learn how to adapt and care for a child with [special healthcare needs].”
Marin continued “For us, they offered us amazing respite care when we were unable to take the boys with us out of town. The clinical team at Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois were extremely welcoming and loving and they made it really feel like a real HOME for my brothers while they were there.”
Marin’s family were also an important part of helping to fund raise and promote Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, as it was being built in Peoria – Almost Home Kids is truly close to Marin’s heart and part of the family.