Organized by: Joshua Holyfield
Throughout her battles with cancer, my wife's little sister Amber would ask us to please do whatever it takes to raise her 2 girls along with our 3 daughters if she didn't make it and our answer was always yes, absolutely. When you say it, you mean it but nothing will ever prepare you for the day you actually have to do it. On one of the many trips with Amber to the Cancer Center in Denver, the doctor gave us the devastating news that the medications would begin losing effectiveness soon and she had only months to live, it was now time for her to leave Crawford Nebraska and come home to KC. She wanted the girls to have time to adjust to life with us while she was still alive so we moved them in to our house. She didn't make it the several months doctors gave her. I had watched my wife travel back and forth between KC, Crawford and Denver for months to get Amber to her appointments then moved them in and I saw her care for Amber in our home, trying her best to make her as comfortable as possible as her condition worsened. All the while she was taking care of 5 girls while I worked to try and keep up with bills. Amber's Journey ended over a year and a half ago now and our life since that day has been surreal. Over a year of traveling back and forth to guardianship hearings fighting small town politics in Nebraska while grieving for the loss of a sister, mother and aunt takes its toll on you mentally, physically and financially. In a bittersweet victory for us, Ambers last wishes were granted and we got the case moved to Missouri where we were recently awarded permanent guardianship. You think you've made it through in one piece but then wake up to realize the financial devastation that your stress, anxiety and your lawyers have created has everything on the line. At the end of September we are facing foreclosure on the house we worked hard to close on in March and we are behind on everything. I'm asking for a helping hand to get back on our feet, help us start over and give our girls what they deserve. We are good, hard working people who have and will pay it forward when we are able.