Governor Hogan Visits "Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation" In Ocean City
Governor Hogan and "Treatment Buddy" Madison Friz share a hug during their meet in Ocean City (WBOC)
Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation beach house in Ocean City (WBOC)
OCEAN CITY, Md.- Governor Larry Hogan paid a special visit Friday to several critically ill children at the "Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation" Beach House. Gov. Hogan also got to reconnect with one very special guest during his visit, his "treatment buddy" Madison Friz.
Hogan and Friz both went through chemo-therapy together at the hospital at the same time. They were both there to support the "Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation."
The foundation provides hospital and respite housing services for critically ill children and their families. Friz had been staying at the beach house with her family and other critically ill children this week.
The governor was given a special tour and said he was thrilled to see his "battle buddy" again.
"It's a beautiful place it's nice three bedroom condo's that a family can spend a great time at the beach together. She's always happy and it just shows that attitude has a lot to do with it. She's an incredible young lady and I'm thrilled to see her and her family again," Hogan said.
Friz said she was just as happy to see her buddy.
"It's great to see him again I'm glad he's doing well, cancer's awful but there's a lot of awesome things that you get to see and go through, throughout your treatment," Friz said.
Brian Morrison is the foundations founder and said the beach house allows the children and families to have some type of normalcy.
"Going away from the hospital and the protection of the hospital can sometimes be a scary experience, but here we offer all the amenities of home, it's a comfortable place it's one they're going to find an absolutely amazing experience," Morrison said.
The Children's House By the Sea in Ocean City is the first pediatric respite facility for critically ill children in the United States.