COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - When a second heart attack forced retired United States Marine Scott Sherrill into an overnight stay at the VA Hospital in Charleston, he had one thing on his mind.
“If I have to stay, where is my family going to go.”
Sherrill’s wife Amy and his father made the trip from Chester down with him.
When they were waiting for him to be released, a nurse reached out to the Fisher House on behalf of the family.
They were able to stay there. “It helped us during the procedure. It took some of the worry of myself and my husband as he was receiving treatment,” Amy said.
The Fisher House provides veterans and families a place to stay while at the VA Hospital.
The Sherrills say they want to see one here at the Dorn VA in Columbia. “Families will have the opportunity to have calm and peace when they are going through the storms of treatment.”
That’s why the Friends of Fisher House Columbia are kicking their fundraising campaign into high gear.
They are getting some help from First Lady Peggy McMaster. She is serving as the Honorary Chair for the 2019 Dorn Fisher House Capital Campaign.
Donnell Baker is the founder of the Friends of Fisher Home Columbia. She said, “There are so many veterans here in the state of South Carolina that live on social security. They cannot afford a hotel room. This where the Fisher House comes in.”
Bill Dukes is the chairman for Friends of Fisher House Columbia. He says they have received donations from the Veterans’ Trust Fund, businesses, members of Honor Flight and a local church.
So far, they’ve raised close to $200,000.
Sherrill said seeing people give back to those who served means a lot. “As a veteran, it touches me in ways that no one will ever know.”
The projected cost of this Fisher House is going to be $6,000,000 and will have 16 suites for families.
The campaign needs to reach a $3,000,000 goal. The Fisher House Foundation will match that.
They are hoping to break ground in late 2020 or early 2021.
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