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Believe In Tomorrow Breaks Ground on Second Ocean City Housing Facility

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Planning a vacation may not be high on the list of priorities for families who have children battling cancer, but one foundation has made it their mission to offer a place for them to heal.

Believe In Tomorrow and its partners broke ground on its second pediatric housing facility Thursday, which will offer families battling pediatric cancer a place to come together. The latest project comes in addition to its first facility in Ocean City, called the Believe in Tomorrow House By the Sea. 

The newest project prioritizes military families who have critically ill children, or who have kids with short life expectancies. 

"These are all active cancer patients. So they get to come here and kind of renew their energies, relax, and rebuild their lives during a period of time that is anything but normal for these families," CEO and founder Brian Morrison said. 

Among the many amenities, the new building will have a rooftop deck with features that allow people to enjoy the deck long after the summer season ends. It will accommodate 40 people. 

"Families should come together, grandparents, aunts and uncles, best friends, in an environment that celebrates life, that makes that transition easier, and brings as much dignity to that as we can," Morrison said. 

The vacations are free for families and it includes various activities throughout Ocean City.

Frank and Michelle Urzynicok are currently staying at the House By the Sea with their two children. Their son, Nicholas, is battling a form of pediatric bone cancer. He suffered a spinal injury while undergoing surgery. 

"It's easy to rattle down the stats of what Nicholas' diagnosis is. But this is such a life changing thing for our entire family," Urzynicok said. "You have to come to grips with all of this. And ever since, it's been injections, doctors visits, scans, and surgeries, and the constant thinking of what is best for your child to get him through this. Treat him the best way possible. Nobody is wasting a thought on anything you would call a vacation."

"It really is a blessing. It let's you be a family again for a week or so. It's something that really goes missing in the every day routine," Urzynicok adds. 

Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland's First Lady, Yumi Hogan, helped break ground alongside donors who are helping get this project off the ground. This new pediatric respite housing program in Ocean City will make the foundation's seventh such place. 

It's set to open by late 2020. 

 

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