See who attended Halo House’s groundbreaking for new facility for cancer patients

Houston Business Journal | Jan 30, 2018

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Halo House Foundation broke ground Jan. 30 on a new dedicated facility for out-of-town blood cancer patients to stay while undergoing treatments in Houston.

Founded in 2009 by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Dr. Nathan Fowler, the nonprofit provides patients with leukemia, lymphoma and myelma with a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment for $20 per day. Halo House has operated out of 10 leased apartments for the past several years but has 85 to 100 people on its waiting list every day, according to a press release. Above, click through the slideshow to see who attended the groundbreaking.

The new 42,520-square-foot facility at 2940 Corder St. will include 33 apartments, a small fitness center and green space. It will allow the organization to triple the number of patients it serves.

“The ‘heart’ of the building is the multipurpose Activity Center,” Halo House said in its press release. “Here people can sit together to share stories and experiences, medical professionals can come in to talk about coping with cancer, and churches or other organizations that want to help can have game nights and dinners. The ‘soul’ of the building will be the Chapel.”

Houston-based architects Meeks + Partners designed the $12.1 million project. Other companies donating services include Houston-based Midway Cos., The Morgan Group, Kirksey Architecture, MP Studios and the Office of James Burnett, according to a statement. Environmentally friendly aspects emphasize energy efficiency and utilizing “enduring construction materials for minimal maintenance costs,” per the release.

Chris McKee, senior vice president of strategy and business development for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Bradley Freels, Midway’s chairman and a co-chair of the Halo House capital campaign; Michael Morgan, chairman and CEO of the Morgan Group and a co-chair of the Halo House capital campaign; and Dr. John Mendelsohn, former M.D. Anderson president, were all in attendance.

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