On 14 July 2019 my family’s life changed drastically. While returning from a fishing trip my husband Steve suffered a massive heart attack and major stroke at the exact same time. The stroke left him without most of his vision. While we thought we were on a good path and adjusting to our new life, 11 days later on 25 July 2019 my husband suffered another major stroke. This stroke left him left side weak and never to be able to return to work and normal activities again. He was in the hospital for weeks and then transferred to a rehab facility to help him walk again and to regain his strength. As he was our main income in the home it has been a major adjustment in many ways. We are learning each day to deal with our new life and are thankful he is alive today! Each day is step forward for us.
We were able to pay his medical bills and with the money donated and it was a big relief that they were then covered and taken care of.
I have always myself donated to family Bonds knowing how important it is to help others. I never in a million years thought I would be on of the recipients. You never know what will come one day that you may need the additional help and if you can donate to help others it’s a blessing.
– Kori & Steven Clark
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
“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