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Homeward Bound October - Impactful Real Estate News

Go ahead, give yourself a real treat this month!

Plate of decorated Halloween cookies

The month of October can be a spooky month, maybe even a scary month with monstrous problems. Yikes!! Well maybe not, but words like that seem to be popping up everywhere as kids and adults alike look forward to Halloween.

"Adults spend more on themselves to celebrate Halloween than any other day during the year."

In fact, according to the USA Today, adults spend more on themselves to celebrate Halloween than any other day during the year. I get that. Especially if they want to hang out with the kids to go trick or treating, or to a Halloween party of some kind.

For many homeowners and home buyers though, they are truly scared. Scared to death of how in the world they are going to get out of their house and into their next one (the trick).

My Treat: As a result of working with over 5,000 families over a

20-year time span, we have developed a special program to help home sellers and homebuyers. We will guarantee the sale of their present home at a price agreeable to them and in the unlikely event their home does not sell, we’ll buy it. Now that is a how you turn a trick into a real treat.

AND remember… YOUR referrals help the Kids.

My heart breaks for many young people and families who will not be able to enjoy this fun time of the year out trick or treating or going to Halloween parties.

As you know, tragedy falls on many in this life. Tragedies like sickness, cancers and other nasty diseases. We aim to do what we can to help kids who are unable to get out and have fun right now, due to these evil health problems.

This year we are on a mission to raise $25,000 for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation. The hospitals provide care from hundreds of doctors from more than 50 medical specialties, the staff delivers expertise that covers virtually all pediatric conditions, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders and traumatic injuries, as well as expertise in organ transplants and the care of critically ill newborns. With more than 1,700 clinical trials each year, UCSF Benioff is at the forefront in offering patients the latest therapies, led by clinician researchers who are committed to providing the most advanced care in their fields. UCSF Benioff relies on the generosity of donors and supporters like YOU to fulfill its mission to create joy, optimism and hope for families. We are committed to donating a portion of our income from home sales to this very worthy cause. So, YOUR REFERRALS really do HELP THE KIDS…

Who do you know considering buying or selling a home, or investing in real estate you could refer to my team? Not only will they benefit from our award-winning service, but the kids at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals will benefit as well.

Just give me a call or pass my number on to anyone you know considering buying or selling. My number is 925-351-4924.

You and your referrals mean more than ever to my team and I. As we move forward through this fall season, please know we are extremely thankful for you and you being a special part of our business.

Go Serve Big!!!

Michael Forkas

Your Home Sold Guaranteed!

P.S. When you read the story enclosed your heart will warm! Boy mine sure did. Check it out.

Meet Rory

Toddler face close up

In early 2020, just as Rory was approaching her first birthday, Patrick and Lucy faced the devastating news no parent ever wishes to encounter: their child had cancer.

Rory had been diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic Wilms tumor, an uncommon pediatric kidney cancer. With the tumor's location posing surgical challenges and its spread to her lungs and heart's vein, the situation was dire. Thankfully, proximity to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco meant Rory was in capable hands. Initial treatments targeted the majority of Wilms tumors, aiming to reduce the tumor size for surgical intervention.

However, the journey took a turn when Rory's condition deteriorated, prompting a shift to a treatment for the most aggressive variant of her cancer. Despite the associated high risks, the team's bold decision was pivotal. Rory's health began to show significant improvement, leading to a major surgery in mid-April.

The path wasn't without its hardships. Patrick and Lucy endured heart-wrenching moments watching Rory undergo numerous chemotherapy cycles, hospitalizations, and ICU stays. Her treatment's intense demands required numerous blood and platelet transfusions. Yet, the perseverance bore fruit: Rory has been cancer-free for more than half a year.

Lucy reflects, "Witnessing Rory's vibrant energy now, one would never fathom her ordeal from a year ago. At two-and-a-half, she's thriving without regular medication and exudes the zeal of a child reclaiming her lost moments. The exceptional care at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital was indispensable."

It's crucial to acknowledge that many pediatric cancers still rely on outdated treatments. With the rarity of these diseases, there's a pressing need for more research and funding. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals remains at the forefront, spearheading initiatives like the Pediatric Cancer Genomics Initiative. This aims to decode tumor DNA, offering insights and enabling personalized treatments for young patients like Rory.

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