Friday, September 26, 2008

Weekend plans... be there or be square.

Sherry Tucker is an amazing woman and just like her son, she is a hero. She lost her son Zach to a brain tumor a little over two years ago. He fought a valiant battle and was healed in heaven.

She has chosen to make sure her son's legacy of heroism lives on. She and her husband Dirk founded the Giving Hope Through Faith Foundation. It is an incredible foundation that sends gift cards once a month for a year to local families going through treatment. The gift cards always seem to come at just the right time. The financial strains on families in treatment is profound. To put money in the hands of the families is a HUGE help and we are so deeply thankful.

But every bit as important as the gift cards are what come with it. She always includes a beautiful and understanding letter from the "been there, done that" perspective. The topics vary from keeping your faith to dealing with your anger and sadness to how a smile can make even the most wretched day better. Every time I get a package from Sherry it is like getting an understanding embrace and the very real knowledge that someone said a prayer for Mandy and for all of us that day.

Sherry has written a book about her families journey and the faith that carried them through even the darkest of times. It is a heartbreaking and uplifting journey demonstrating true faith, true bravery and true love called Unfinished Love: Walking by Faith through Pediatric Cancer

She will be at Books a Million in Westfield Mall in Brandon this Sunday from 2-4 signing books. Go meet her. Buy a book. I know you will be touched by her and the story of her family and their unwavering faith in God and love for each other.

Also, Saturday is a USF hockey game. This is not just your average run-of-the-mill hockey game, folks. They are very kindly and generously donating the proceeds to four Tampa area families. Connor, who has been inpatient for a very long time due to a leukemia relapse. Sophie, who started treatment very recently for leukemia and is the beginning long protocol. Mattie, who is just out of treatment for a brain tumor with a frighteningly high rate of recurrence. And Brooke who has relapsed leukemia and will be going for a cord blood transplant because they were unable to find a bone marrow donor.

Please, come out and show your love for these families. The game is Saturday at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum at 7:30 pm. It is an easy way for you to put financial help into these families hands and you will get to see an awesome hockey game and have a great time to go with it! What more could you ask for?

So, there ya go, ladies and gentlemen, your plans for the weekend...Hockey game on Saturday and book signing on Sunday. See you there!

Love to all~

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