Sandee sends her love, appreciation and humble gratitude to everyone that has shared in this journey wiht their well wishes and generosity. We are quickly approaching this weekend's Celebration of Life & Fundraiser to be held on Oct. 6 beginning at 3pm at Ingold Sports Facility in Fallbrook. The suggested donation is $10 pp at the gate. It is surely going to be a tribute to a special man with live music, food, drinks, activities for kids, a memorial service. There are lots of ways you can get involved...live and silent auction items still needed, financial donations, and please note all funds raised go to the family for very necessary medical bills etc...please contact me if you want to help or need more information. Please continue to share with others.
For those of you that are friends with Sandee on FB you may have seen her post last night regarding the tragedy that took her husband John's life. For those of you that may have not seen it or are not on FB I have posted it here. An absolutely beautiful tribute to their love and family. Please keep sharing and keep these efforts alive we still have much work to do....
"Tonight is the first time I have been alone with my thoughts, my questions, my anger, my broken heart and my severed dreams. I will never grow old with the man I loved and spent half of my life with. John will not be here to see his son's 18th birthday on Saturday, take him to his final baseball tournament in AZ, see him graduate high school in May, nor help him finish choosing the college he want...s to go to. He will not see either of his boys graduate college, become successful adults, celebrate marriage, or watch his grandchildren grow up.
This has truly been the most devastating, life changing time of our lives. There was no preparation, no warning, no chance to say goodbye, I love you or I'm sorry. Yet, despite all of this, we are the lucky ones who were given the chance to call this wonderful, caring, hard working, loving, devoted, inspirational and compassionate man our husband and our dad. We may not have had him as long as we would have wanted, but he will live in our hearts and in the hearts of everyone else whose life he touched, forever.
We want you all to know that the love, support, generosity, and kindness we have received from our family, friends and perfect strangers, in our home of Fallbrook, my hometown of Oceanside, and places near and far, has been truly humbling. You will never understand the love, strength and hope you have restored to our broken hearts. With it, we will survive, we will move forward, we will be strong and we will make him proud to have called us his wife and his sons.
Thank you to everyone for all of your heartfelt love and support during this very difficult time. We could not get through this without all of you. A special "we love you" to my dad and mom, my brother (my rock), my sister in law, my mother and father in law, my sisters in law and their families, and to those who have done so much more than I could have ever imagined to make this tragic time just a little bit easier, a little bit more bearable and less stressful. To those who came to the hospital without hesitation, overflowed the halls to the dismay of the staff, held John's hand, shared in our sorrow and wished him farewell in his final moments, "thank you" for being there. Your generosity of time, money, food, thoughts, cards, texts, calls, flowers, prayers, hugs and comforting words is nothing short of humbling. John was a very special man who was loved by many and will truly be missed by all who knew him...especially me.
We love you John, with all of our hearts.... forever! Until we see you again, may you rest in peace my love...fly with the hawks, spend time with your dad and watch over us, always."
Love to you all,
The Stotz Family