Always Thinking of Others
If you could see a person’s core being by looking at them, you would see past the tired, frightened eyes of 6-year-old Becca and look, in awe, at a young girl, with an old soul, incredible strength, and an inexhaustible source of compassion. At 5 years old, Becca had already experienced much more than the average kid her age. She grew up helping her family care for her grandfather, who waged a 14 year long battle against cancer. Becca knew the routine, knew the trips to the hospital, became familiar with the faces there, and saw the twists and turns that the unmarked path of cancer can take. Shortly after her Grandfather’s battle ended, Becca and her family became faced with another shocking challenge. Following some bloody noses, stomach-aches, and hip pain, the hospital, which Becca knew so well, delivered some disheartening news—Becca was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Amidst many other family struggles, Becca’s parents, Kim and Glen, found themselves in some very difficult circumstances. They became financially, physically, and emotionally stressed trying to stay afloat, be strong for Becca, and continue taking care of Timmy, Becca’s older brother. Glen continued to work as much as possible, while Kim stayed by Becca’s side to help her through the many obstacles that faced the kind-hearted, vibrant young girl.
Expenses continued to rise, leaving Kim & Glen in a situation where they felt they were falling through the cracks. As Kim explained, “when you lose your job, there are food stamps and other resources, but when you have a kid with cancer and are working your hardest to keep it all together, you are kind of stuck in the middle.” Through their many trials, Kim, Glen, Becca & Timmy stick together and cherish their family time. They love to laugh and are always finding things to celebrate with one another. Becca and her family do whatever they can to reconnect outside of the hospital. They often take day trips to enjoy the outdoors with hiking, walking, and swimming. When Becca feels up for it, they even try some bike riding together and often end the evening reading to the kids in bed.
Becca’s parents believe the most important thing is that they give their kids a sense of stability, and teach them that despite where they are living or what they are going through, they will always love each other and home is a safe spot that offers security. This family has an incredibly strong faith and they live with the philosophy that loving someone and being compassionate is the most important thing in life–being able to help take care of others is a gift.
Kim & Glen have simple dreams—for their children to see the world and make it a better place, and learn how to get through tough times in a healthy way. They wish for their children to have courage, love in a deep way, and use these difficult experiences to become better, stronger people who can help others.
Becca is a hard worker and a strong fighter; she is looking forward to continuing her love of art, music, outdoor activities, and trying to keep up with Timmy, who is her brother and her best friend. This incredible little girl continues thinking of others, even at the toughest of times, and dreams of growing up to become a nurse.
Support from Family Reach Foundation has helped Kim and Glen provide a safe & stable environment for their children so they can continue fulfilling their children’s ambitions, and their own dreams.