What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “Endless love”. Maybe you think of the movie from 2014 that was a remake of the 1981 version. Or maybe it was your wedding song? For me I think of high school and discussing with Jennifer if we would be one of the couples who would use the Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey version in our wedding. At the risk of planting the song in your mind for the rest of your day here are a few of the lyrics:
My love, there’s only you in my life
The only thing that’s bright
My first love,
You’re every breath that I take
You’re every step I make
And I, I want to share…
Share. What a powerful word! Something that we are taught to do the very first time our parents put us in a sandbox with another child. Share your toys, share your smile, and share your time they say while watching from the park bench.
In the midst of challenges, loss and heartache it is so easy to grab your Tonka truck and shovel and say “mine”. But when you pick up your toys and retreat to the side of the sandbox where there are no kids, what happens? Do you feel better? Do you resolve the pain, emptiness or loneliness in your heart?
I’ve been asked on numerous occasions how did Isaac, Lauren and I deal with the sudden and unexpected loss of my dad and just eight days later the loss of my best friend, mom to my kiddos, Jennifer? If I could put it in a word it would be, share. We set out to share all that we have been given. Love from God. Love from Jennifer. Love from my dad. Love from our wonderful family and friends.
As we continue to share we’ve met some incredible people. We’ve met others who are also in the midst of their cancer journey. We’ve linked arms with numerous people that want to share love, hope, time, treasure and talent with families that long to make memories that will last a lifetime.
We’ve met a new family that I want to introduce you to. They are known as the Singer family. Stacey and Maureen Singer are parents of seven wonderful children. As they have been living life, loving God and loving people Stacey was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The JWVCF, with your help, is sending the entire family on a memory making getaway in late spring, this year, to a beautiful home on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. As I sat one evening getting to know them, over a bowl of ice cream, I fell in love with their hearts and passion for family. As I prepared to leave that evening one of their daughters said “he’s been smiling ever since he knew you were coming over tonight.”
Smiling…that is what the JWVCF is about. Helping families smile while they build memories that will last for a lifetime.
In closing, we need your help. We had enough money to make a deposit on the home but we need to raise enough money to make our final payment. But we want to do more than take care of the home – we want their getaway to be a memory making moment. We are an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization where all of your donations are tax deductable. Every gift, large and small, makes a difference. Every gift goes to helping families that are in the middle of their cancer journey. Thank you as together we continue to…share!