BENEFITING: CURE IT FOUNDATION
Nine years ago, I found out I was pregnant. For most soon-to-be parents, that is the best news to hear. Little did I know, I was about to go through the most difficult time of my life. Brayden was born at 20 weeks gestation and measured in at 7 ¼ ounces and 8 ½ inches. For the short hour and 10 minutes of his life, he fought - without any machine assistance - only to lose his battle. For those 20 weeks that I was pregnant, I learned what it meant to be a fighter. I did everything that I could to avoid the worst case scenario and despite what doctors kept telling me, I knew it wasn't going to be an easy path. Since losing Brayden, I have had two other losses; one resulting in the removal of a fallopian tube.
Losing a child, whether they are only a part of you for mere weeks or if they have lived a full life, is never easy. There are no words that one can say to a mother who has lost a child that makes things better. What I have learned since losing my children and losing the dreams I had for them is to always keep going. There are days that I didn't want to get out of bed and didn't want to see anyone, but I would not let that pain keep me down. I had to be strong and had to keep going.
I now have the honor of walking into my house and hearing two boys yell "Mommy". My sons, Tavian (7) and Cormac (1), are a purpose for living and getting out of bed and making the best of every day. Not only do I make the best of everyday for them, but I also make sure I put my best foot forward and honor Brayden and my other two baby's lives.
For the past eight years, I have raised money for research to help babies born too early, too sick or too small. This year, I am going to continue raising money with team Brave for Bray for kids who are gone too soon or are just so sick, with the hopes of finding a cure.
Last year, my community lost a very strong 12 year old girl, Emily Beazley, to cancer. Videos circulated on Facebook of her dancing and singing while fighting for her life in the hospital. Despite the pain and discomfort she was in, she always had a way of bringing a smile to everyone's face. I saw her dancing at a toy drive one time, just belting words to a song at the top of her lungs and in that time, I looked around at all the patrons and saw tears of pride, hope and love. Before she passed, Emily had a dream to create a foundation to help find a cure. This year, team Brave for Bray will be raising money for Kures for Kids. Please consider donating – every dollar helps. Checks payable to: Emily Beazley's Kures for Kids, C/O Byline Bank, 3435 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655
- Amy Dequaine
For more information about Emily Beazley's Kures for Kids, please visit www.kuresforkids.org . We are a proud division of Cure It Foundation, and a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 100% of all donations are used to fund childhood cancer research. We work with the Children's Oncology Group to choose promising trials that could benefit from a donation.