Recently, some of our best friends, Delonte and Shakeela gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Kennedy. After spending her first 140 days in the hospital, Kennedy is finally home. Kennedy was born with a rare, life limiting neurological disorder that comes with numerous complex health difficulties.
Despite having major surgery and several setbacks, this little girl has shown amazing strength. Kennedy has a challenging road ahead but the hope is that she will have a happy life for however long we are blessed to have her.
On 8 October, I will be running in the Army Ten-Miler. After winding down my aggressive men's basketball league career :), I still needed a challenge in my life. Prior to now, I had never ran more than a 10K, but so far have put 82 miles into training. As I prepare the last month, we've (Amanda and I) decided we'd like to take on another challenge, to raise funding for a great charity that has been working with Kennedy and other families like hers.
Noah’s Children is Central Virginia’s only pediatric palliative care and hospice program. Their holistic, compassionate approach encompasses the needs of infants and children, up to age 18, diagnosed with a life-threatening or life limiting illness. They provide for the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of their patients and their families. At this time, they are able to care for all children who need hospice or palliative care without charging, thanks in part to donor support and the support of the Bon Secours Richmond Health System, which pays for their administrative costs. Anything you can provide small or large goes a long way.