As our son’s 4th birthday approached, I felt the need to do something meaningful to honor and remember him. I knew I wanted to do something that would benefit 3Hopeful Hearts because of the incredibly positive impact that they made on our broken lives. When our 7-week-old son died suddenly, we had no idea what to do but 3Hopeful Hearts was there to hold our hands and walk us through the process. I knew I wanted to raise money to continue to provide those same services to other families like ours. I wasn’t sure how to raise the money, but my friend was somewhat familiar with Colorado Gives and said she would set up a campaign for me. She set it up in just a few minutes and then sent it to me. I was able to email the link to family and share the link on Facebook. We exceeded our goal and it felt so good knowing that people were still remembering and helping us honor our sweet boy. The process was very easy and we plan to do it again in the future.
When my son, Kelby, passed away I didn’t feel like I could take on the responsibility of starting a foundation or creating an annual event that would honor him but take a strenuous amount of time and effort. Even though I knew I wasn’t up for something on a grand scale I wanted to do something that would bring awareness about his cause of death but also remember him and honor the beautiful boy he was. My friend along with her CrossFit gym helped by orchestrating a fundraiser where people were able to come together, workout, remember Kelby and also raise money for 3Hopeful Hearts. It was something simple but brought so much joy to my heart. Honoring your child’s memory doesn’t have to be some extravagant function. It can be people you know and don’t know coming together to say your child’s name and give you and opportunity to share your child with new people.
When my birthday rolled around this year, I was asked by my family and friends “What do you want for your birthday?” It took me just seconds to come up with a fundraising effort for 3HopefulHearts. Knowing how invaluable this wonderful organization has been by supporting me and lifting me up since my son’s death made my decision to include them in my birthday fundraising was exactly What I wanted. The response I received from my Facebook friends and family was incredible. We surpassed the target amount and everyone was so thrilled to be able to participate in something meaningful to me, to them and to others who have and continue to receive their love and kindness through a most difficult journey of healing from a child loss.