BLAZE of HOPE is happening!!
My name is Lisa and this is my story. 16 years ago I lost my precious baby boy Blaze, to liver cancer. He was diagnosed at just 7 months old and sadly passed away at 13 months. It was BY FAR THE HARDEST time of my life. Because Blaze was so sick, I had to take a leave from my job as we spent most of our time in the hospital. Blaze endured aggressive chemotherapy and underwent multiple surgeries. During his treatments, I was able to stay with him, I was able to be a mom, I was able to sleep in the hospital bed with him nightly, and I was lucky enough to have not been forced to miss a single precious moment of time with him. The provisions for both Blaze and myself were met and I am forever grateful. Unfortunately for some parents, this isn’t always the case. In the days to come, donations were made, fundraisers were had, and even collection jars were on the counters of convenience stores throughout all of Sarasota. All of this was organized and executed by the loving people in our community to help meet our needs. People just like YOU! People who wanted to help... even complete strangers! The compassion, love, support and prayers gave me HOPE in my greatest time of need.
While I was at the hospital I witnessed others who were desperately in need of HOPE of their own. Not only were they struggling with the unexplainable sadness and pain of caring for their sick child, they were also struggling to meet their financial responsibilities. These people chose their child instead of their mortgage payment. A choice that no parent should ever have to make. Families were torn apart because of difficult choices and the lack of resources available.
My personal experience and short time with my beloved Blaze, has driven this indescribable desire to finding new ways to help others. From that moment on, it has become my dream and lifelong goal to honor my son by helping as many people as I can whose children are ill. Glory be to God for giving me the insight and strength to develop "Blaze of Hope", a non-profit organization in which a family can simply complete an application and funds from Blaze of Hope will be appropriated to assist during the wearisome times of having a sick child.
A BIG THANKS to everyone who has already donated resources and to my sister Valerie for the support and perseverance to see this thing through. Stay posted because there is so much more to come. Prayers are ALWAYS needed and appreciated!
Please be sure to click on the News & Events link above to view several newspaper articles that describe our journey on how a community came together to bless a family in need and how shortly thereafter this little blessing named Addie came into my life! It is my time now to spread Hope like Fire!