Karen Zients

February 17, 2020

In the early morning hours of August 14, 2019, the body of my 16-year-old grandson was found. He had taken his life by suicide.

Over the next few weeks we discovered cyber bullying and other things happening that we were not aware of including friends saying they knew he was in a dark place.

After speaking with parents of the kids he went to school with we found out that there are no programs in our area to address kids with depression. We also found that from the parent standpoint there were many things like access to his phone that a parent is not entitled to.

My daughter and I decided to establish Ian’s Way, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit to combat teen suicide in our area. The grant along with much fundraising that we are doing will enable us to pay mental health professionals necessary to accomplish our goals.

Donations from the Family Bonds Foundation made this grant possible and will help us to save at least one teen life and a family from going through what we do every day.

– Karen Zients

The Cruise People

Philip Doyle

September 19, 2019

“In December of 2018, Philip found out he had prostate cancer.  While we were still deciding how to deal with my diagnosis, Carol collapsed from losing blood internally.  We discovered that she had a large cancerous tumor, and on Christmas Eve she had the tumor removed along with her stomach, spleen and part of her pancreas.

My surgery had to wait until February while I became Carol’s caregiver.  I have recovered and Carol is receiving ongoing cancer treatments to prevent the cancer from returning.  She is getting stronger every day and so far the prognosis looks good.

Even though we have Medicare coverage, the expenses for medicines, scans and physical therapy services add up quickly while travel advisor income suffers.

We have been blessed with the love and prayers of our relatives and church family.  The area we never expected support from was our fellow travel advisors and TLN family.  As much as the monetary grant helped, the thoughtfulness was of equal value to us.  We were so humbled and touched by the support from the Family Bonds Foundation that we resolved to “pay it forward” by doing whatever we can to support the foundation.

I would encourage every one of our TLN advisors to support the work of Family Bonds Foundation.  There is no better way to be there for our fellow TLN members when life takes a turn for the worst.”

– Philip and Carol Doyle

Debra (Dee) Bush