Jen's Kids' Future Fund
My sister Jen Bell-Burgess recently passed away after a courageous year-and-a-half battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
One of her final wishes was to ensure her two beautiful children would continue to know and feel her love at defining points of their lives (milestones like: Sweet 16, learning to drive, senior prom, college graduation, etc).
As Jen's big brother, I'll be in charge of these finances. This fund will be used to help underwrite Certificates of Deposit and other secure investments to ensure Jen's wishes for her kids can be realized.
Here are a few videos better explaining her cancer journey:
Today is Ryker's 7th birthday! Jen would have been so proud of the person her young son has become. He's kind, caring, smart, funny and goofy.
Ryker spends lots of time with Gramma Debbie and his big sister, Hayley. They have both really been there for him, in so many ways. They give him so much love. I'm so grateful for all they've done and continue to do. Jen would be happy to know he's in such good hands.
The photo collage I'm sharing is of Ryker over the years. On the top, from left to right is newborn, 1, 2, 3 and on the bottom is 4, 5, 6 and 7 years old.
Thanks to each of you for your love, support, kind words and generous donations! It means so much to our family. God bless.
Today marks four years since my little sister, Jen, passed away from her battle with a rare and aggressive form of cervical cancer. Life will never be the same without her. That smile, infectious laughter and everything about her will be missed forever. But thank God for the fond memories we have of her! She was truly one of a kind.
Thank you everybody for your support, kind words, shared stories about Jen and all the generous donations for her two kids over these last few years! She lives on through the lives of her children, Hayley (now, 19 years old) and Ryker (6 years old). A big thanks to my wonderful mom as well for looking after both kids - she's been there for them both, more than anybody else! She may not have much money, but she has so much love for each of them.
Thanks again everybody, from the bottom of my heart! The love and support from each of you has been amazing! Jen would be proud.
Chris (her big bro!)
12 Months + 103 Contributions = Fundraising Goal Reached!
As many of you know, a little over a year ago we lost our sister Jenny to cancer. A mother of two young children, Hayley and Ryker, one of her final wishes was for her kids to continue knowing their mother's love even after she passed.
As Jen's big brother, I set up a fund to achieve that; to help cover expenses for defining milestones and special events the kids would have shared with their mom (such as birthdays, Driver's Ed., prom, homecoming, trips to Disneyland, etc.).
Today, I'm pleased to announce that after twelve months and 103 generous contributions later, we've reached our goal of raising $10,000 to benefit Jen's kids!
We could not have met our goal without the amazing support of our wonderful friends, family, co-workers, and even complete strangers, who were inspired by Jen's story, our desire to help fulfill one of her final wishes, and by a mother's desire to continue a legacy of love for her kids.
On behalf of Jen's immediate family and siblings, thank you all for your generosity! And above all, thank you for helping us make one of Jen's final wishes come true!
We are truly grateful. God bless.
JEN'S BIRTHDAY, MARCH 3
This time last year, many of us were with Jen at the Grange Hall in Stanwood. Surrounded with family and friends, Jen was smiley, upbeat, and giving hugs to everyone who walked in the door. The SHS band even showed up to play a few tunes and wish her well. It was hard to imagine there might be a time without her. When we couldn't talk with her. Laugh and joke with her. Tell her about some drama, big or small, in our lives.
But five short months later, we abruptly said goodbye. Jen passed before any of us were even remotely ready to let her go. Before she got to see her kids grow up. Before she could teach Hayley how to drive, or send Ryker off to kindergarten. Those milestones, like Jen's birthday, now fall on us to get through together. To remember. To celebrate. To honor her memory and keep it alive.
Towards that end, we are incredibly grateful to the nearly 97 people who've helped us get to 93% of our goal of raising $10,000 for Jen's kids, Hayley and Ryker. Wouldn't it be a great way to mark Jen's birthday, by getting to 100% today? Help us reach our goal, by contributing here: http://www.gofundme.com/please-help-jens-kids
I'll close with something Christopher Robin once said to Winnie the Pooh:
"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you."