Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam visited the FedEx Family House for their first time Saturday evening before heading to the facility's fundraising gala.
"One of the cool things about being governor is all over the state you see things like this and you walk away incredibly proud of Tennesseans and companies that are based here that kind of go that extra mile to make other people feel comfortable in hard times," says Gov. Haslam.
The FedEx Family House becomes a home away from home for hundreds of families during the year whose children are being treated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Gov. Haslam says they didn't miss a thing when providing comfort and quality to families staying there.
The Haslams visited with some of those families, including Bill and Dana Defenbaugh, who have been living at the Fed Ex Family House for nearly nine months as their five-year-old daughter receives treatment for an infection.
"One of us can stay here and get a good night sleep while the other one is there with her so she won't ever be alone," says Bill. Dana adds, "We can wash clothes and have a good home cooked meal."
The Defenbaughs says the Haslams were eager to hear about their daughter and even asked to see pictures of her.
Since is opened in 2010, more than 7,000 families have stayed at the FedEx Family House free of charge. The facility depends entirely on donations and volunteers to make it what it is today.