In November 2013, we distributed the first funds from Ashley's foundation to local charities. We want to contribute to organizations that help or support youth, since Ashley inspired us with her 'Power of Youth' presentation. This is the start of Ashley's world domination effort, from the ground up, by helping to empower youth of our community.
Some info about the organizations that benefited from Ashley's inspiration:
- According to their website, the Bus Project Foundation will meet students where they are, engaging a new generation of Oregonians as active civic participants in their communities.
- The mission of Girls Inc. of NW Oregon is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Our vision is empowered girls and an equitable society.
Thanks to Becky Ziemer for organizing a Light the Night team to honor our daughter Ashley and to help blood cancer patients and their families fight against this deadly disease. On Saturday October 19th we walked more than two miles and raised over $600 for LLS. It was a gorgeous night with dry, warm weather, a stunning full moon and amazing fireworks. Click through the pictures below to get a sense of the evening. Or visit a previous blog post that describes last year's event.
By the way it's not too late to make help out by making a financial contribution.
"It means hope. Ashley’s experience was unfair, but knowing that others may not have to go through what she did is reassuring." - Koreena
National Honor Society students at Oregon City High School (OCHS) recently raised $933.26 to help Leukemia and Lymphoma Society help patients who suffer from blood cancer. Ashley was named the Honored Hero for the campaign. Her life and spirit inspired the students to action. As mentioned in a recent OCHS blog post, Koreena G. Wagner, Ashley’s friend and an organizer for Pennies for Patients, said, “It means hope. Ashley’s experience was unfair, but knowing that others may not have to go through what she did is reassuring.”
Check out the flyers that were used to advertise the event.
Thanks to Raelene Young for donating to Providence Willamette Falls Hospital Hospice's Light Up A Life program in memory of Ashley. Her generosity will help hospice patients and their families.
International Rose Test Garden, Portland OR. © 2012 Nick Drew.
Thanks to Paul and Debbie for inviting us to attend the annual Angel of Hope event at Riverview Cemetery. It was very helpful for me to hear what other parents have gone through after losing a child and validated many of the feelings I have had in the during 3 & 1/2 years. The Angel of Hope is based on Richard Paul Evans' national bestseller, "The Christmas Box." Annually, on the second Sunday in December, a candle lighting vigil is held at the Angel of Hope sites around the world at 7:00 p.m. local time. This commemorates and honors the memory of all children who have died.
Ashley’s school counselor invited us to join her and Ashley’s friends as they walk for Light the Night which occurs annually in downtown Portland. We previously participated in LTN during October 2010 and really enjoyed the mostly-dry walk around the Willamette River waterfront. This year was no exception. The weather stayed dry and relatively warm and we really enjoyed our time. Thanks to my coworkers Becky and Carol for joining us in the walk.
Ashley's friend's Koreena and Emily made a fantastic banner to honor her while we walked.
Just launched this new website for Ashley. It has a fresh new look and hopefully stands out more than the previous site.
Ashley's third grade teacher, Mrs. Young, contributed to the Providence Willamette Falls Foundation Light Up a Life tree lighting ceremony by making a donation to the hospital's hospice program. A heart ornament with Ashley's name on it was placed on the Christmas tree. The donation will help hospice patients live their last days in comfort and dignity. Click here to see the letter we got from the foundation. Thanks Mrs. Young!
The Galloping Neigh Neighs finished 17th out of 40 four-person teams. We enjoyed the event and raised $120 for LLS. Thanks to everyone who supported us. Please visit this link for a video of us participating in the event.