Welcome to Savannah's Hope!
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Iowa dedicated to serving families with children who have serious illnesses and conditions requiring hospitalization.
Savannah's Hope provides financial assistance in the form of grants to families who need help with medical travel expenses and purchasing medical equipment that health insurance does not cover. We also provide encouragement, emotional support and education.
Our website has resource lists for families, information about how we help and easy ways to get involved with helping families. Have a question? We'd love to hear from you! Contact us through Facebook, email or by phone today.
New Savannah Shares Program (5/26/15)
If you want to help kids and brighten their lives, you've come to the right place. We're always looking for volunteers to make Gene Totes, fill care packages and provide donations. We have shopping lists with donation ideas to get you started. Want to help but don't know how? Drop us a line! We want to hear from you!
Savannah's Story (Updated 5/01/15), by Willie Bagby, Her Mother
Why do I share this? Because our daughter was a mystery patient to her doctors. They didn't have any idea what caused her seizures. We didn't know until her autopsy that she had a rare disease called Alpers Syndrome. Rolland and I, her parents, had passed on recessive genes that caused her to have this disease. With every breath we breathe until our last, we will do everything we can to raise awareness about rare childhood diseases.
We started a nonprofit charity called Savannah's Hope. Our nonprofit helps families with traveling expenses to out-of-state doctors and hospitals. We also offer assistance to families for medical supplies not covered by health insurance.
Why do we do this? First, to give our daughter a legacy that lives on by helping others. It's what she would want! Second, because a very good group of people from our church made it possible for me (her mother) to live at the hospital with Savannah for three months and for Rolland, her father, and Savannahs brothers Spencer and Micah to be able to travel to St. Paul every weekend and also to be able to take off the last 2 weeks of Savannah's life and stay with her.
Please take a look at the rest of this website. We share family stories of other children with rare disease. We have a download page where you can download for an application for assistance. We share links to other websites telling about rare diseases. We have many other pages, please take the time to look them over. If you have questions or ideas, please share them with us. We'd love to hear from you!