MIDDLETON, Wis. - The Restoring Hope Transplant House opened Wednesday after years of work.
The house in Middleton offers organ and bone marrow recipients a place to stay while they focus on their recovery.
The house off Terrace Avenue will serve as a home away from home for families getting transplants at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.
Patients will find guest rooms, living spaces and experienced staff. It only costs $35 dollars to stay there a night, unlike hotels, which can cost more than $100.
"We are full of gratitude for those that have actually helped us get there. As a nonprofit, you never do it alone. You need those people in the community, those donors and those friends that come together and say, 'We understand,'" said Cindy Herbst, executive director of the Restoring Hope Transplant House.
Seventy-five percent of people undergoing the more than 400 transplants a year through UW Hospital are from outside the area.
Herbst said she and her husband came up with the idea for a transplant house after staying at one in Minnesota when Herbst's father-in-law underwent a transplant.