The Kady Haynes Beauty for Ashes Project
Organized by: Denise Don Haynes
Kady Debra Haynes was born on July 23, 1983. She was a petite little tomboy who grew into a beautiful and kind young woman. In January 2012, at the age of 28, our beautiful daughter was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of triple negative breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Most women require eight weeks of recuperation from this surgery before returning to work, but true to her spirit, Kady was back at her desk in two! Sadly, her great attitude, successful surgeries and chemotherapy could not protect her from the cancer metastasizing to her liver. Even after being told that her cancer was now Stage IV and incurable, Kady was determined not to let the cancer rule her life. She continued to work at the job she loved, to travel and to spend time with her family. On April 22, 2014 at 3:45 a.m., Kady was released from cancer, pain and the limitations of this life to live in her heavenly home, where we will one day join her. Since her death, we've been honored with numerous inspirational stories from both friends and strangers of the many times and ways in which she reached out to others, from women living with breast cancer to those who just needed a helping hand or encouraging word. Her most cherished and appreciated act of kindness, however, was purchasing Christmas gifts for the children of breast cancer patients. Metastatic breast cancer robs families of so much, creating devastating physical, emotional and financial hardships. It is our greatest hope to continue Kady's legacy of love and kindness by providing Christmas gifts to the children of metastatic breast cancer patients, allowing their families to enjoy this special day free from the burdens and hardships that cancer imposes on their lives. The Kady Haynes Cosio Beauty for Ashes Project gets its name from a promise in the Bible. Isaiah 61:3a (NLT) says, "To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.” Kady's death and our resulting heartache are our ashes. The difference we can make in people's lives by honoring her memory and wishes will enable us to transform those ashes into a crown of beauty.