Willow Tree Foundation
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Providing moments of calm in
the storm of caring for a medically fragile child
To provide parents of medically fragile children with respite
opportunities through activities that allow parents to take "time-out"
from the unrelenting demands associated with their child's care so that
they can maintain their stamina and sense of perspective and continue to
meet the intense medical needs of their child.
The Willow Tree
The willow tree is a relatively small tree without much of a trunk. Its branches
are long and bending and give the appearance of being weak and fragile. Yet,
when the storm rages it is the willow tree that stands strong. Under the earth
the roots of the willow tree run long and wide; these roots hold the willow tree
in place during the attacks from the violent winds. The deceptive branches are
also a strength for the willow tree. Without a large trunk the willow tree
branches are long and pliable. During the raging storm, the branches move
and stretch with the wind. Ever bending, never breaking.
Much like the willow tree, parents of medically fragile children weather the
storm and persist despite the significant emotional, physical and financial
challenges they face in caring for their children. Over time, these unrelenting
burdens can drain a parent's strength and stamina. The Willow Tree Foundation
was established to provide moments of calm in the storm by providing respite
opportunities for parents so they can continue to bend, not break, and stay
strong like the willow tree.