Since it is my birthday, I was hoping I might ask for a little gift from you all… I just got an email from my former sister in law Stephanie and I thought I would forward it on to you all if you are feeling charitable, let me explain a little about this.
11 years ago this month my family suffered an awful loss. My brother and his wife were expecting their first child. They had the most beautiful baby boy I have ever seen in my life. Our hearts were all broken when we found out that Nathan was born with a spinal malformation that paralyzed him from the neck down. This malformation also destroyed the center of his brain that controlled breathing and as a result he lived for only 15 days.
As a new mother myself, my heart can hardly comprehend what this loss must have been like for my brother and sister in law. The only relief can possibly come from God and even with his support it is hard to understand such a trial. But we do believe that we will get to be with him again, and are so thankful for our Savior that has made that possible.
In honor of my nephew and to raise money for research on spinal injuries my sister in law is running a marathon this year. Here is what her email said: