I got the opportunity to attend a cocktail party and auction at the Memphis Botanic Garden for the Forrest Spence Fund. If you don't know about the Forrest Spence Fund, then you're missing out on an incredible non-profit that is really making a difference in the lives of families around the Mid-South.
In 2007, shortly after the death of their first child, Brittany and David Spence started the Forrest Spence Fund in remembrance of Forrest Spence. Forrest lived 55 days at Lebonheur Children's Hospital and the family went through the highs of the birth of a first child and the lows of seeing this child fight each day for his life.
The Spence family saw an opportunity to help others in need just as they had been helped while in need. The started the Forrest Spence Fund to help with the non-medical needs of families of critically or chronically ill children in the Mid-South.
Most don't think about the non-medical obligations families have while attending to a sick child. Some parents and families have to sacrifice going without food, electricity, a job, just to ensure they give all they can to the healthcare bills for their child. That's where the Forrest Spence Fund steps in and provides these families with all the help they need. They cover things from providing gas cards, groceries, assistance with electricity bills and mortgage payments, counseling services, and even provide grants to families that show need.
This is a truly amazing service that really helps out in a major way. I love that the Spence family actually took it upon themselves to help others and share their experiences instead of doing nothing. Helping others should be the mission of all people regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic level. Brittany and David Spence have reminded me of important it is to give to others and to lead by example. I'm forever grateful for that priceless lesson.
Photos from the Cocktail Party and Auction
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