Respite Spotlight: The Moserís Go off Track to Get Back On
By Dawn Carroll
The Believe In Tomorrow House on Fenwick Island is a little beach place off the beaten path. For the Moser’s, from Shillington, Pa., the Believe In Tomorrow House on Fenwick Island, a Respite Housing destination, is also a family favorite.
In 2002, the Mosers were forced off the beaten path for different reasons. Doctors diagnosed their 2-year-old son, Dylan, with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
The Moser family first learned about Believe In Tomorrow and its Respite Housing program through social workers at the Hershey Medical Center in 2004. They didn’t know then that their relationship with Believe In Tomorrow would span five years and create for them a reoccurring place to get away and bond together.
Dylan was treated with chemotherapy on an ongoing basis with little trouble until March 2006, when doctors discovered he’d relapsed. Over the next two years, the Mosers saw an increase in Dylan’s hospitalizations as he was treated with an intensified combination of chemotherapy and cranial radiation. Respite couldn’t come soon enough.
The family visited the Believe In Tomorrow beach facilities in Ocean City, Md. and Fenwick Island, Del. as often as they needed to beginning October 2004. Both parents juggled work and split the rest of their time between getting Dylan to the hospital and keeping his older sister in school in their hometown.
With each parent taking time off from work to tend to Dylan, finances became strained. The family would have lacked the place and time to rejuvenate and reconnect without the Believe In Tomorrow respite facilities.
The Mosers enjoyed The Believe In Tomorrow House on Fenwick Island in particular. The spacious townhome gave the family of four enough room to just hang out. They reserved the sunroom off the living room as a place to enjoy breakfast. While the sun glinted in through the windows of the sunroom, the Mosers could catch a glimpse of the geese or ducks lingering in or around the water. When family time moved outdoors, the Mosers visited the playground, tennis courts, and outdoor swimming pool, all in walking distance of the townhome.
“We have been blessed with many things throughout all of this,” says Janell. “There are many programs available for children that I never even imagined until all this happened.”
Dylan received his last treatment in May 2008 and is now in remission.