"In late 2014 Elizabeth's mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. It wasn't long after that we found out it was terminal and she would be battling for her life until the end. In early 2015 Elizabeth would be going through additional heartache with her marriage. Two of the most important people in her life seemed to being drifting away. Not one time did she crack, break, or lose sight of what she still had to do... Even though her world was crumbling beneath her feet she stride on with strength and courage.
In the early Fall of 2015, my wonderful aunt Kathie lost her battle with cancer. It came faster and more unexpected than we all had planned. It hit our family hard and has left us feeling broken and empty. With all the confusion and hurt she was feeling with what she faced in her marriage, she put it all aside to focus on being a support to our family who was grieving. She still had to be a mother, daughter, sister, cousin, niece, aunt, and friend to many people.
Everyday she wakes with the courage to face what the day may bring. The unknown pain that she may feel come on strong while driving her kids to activities, the grief she may feel while looking at a picture of her family when times were easier, or the emptiness she feels when she remembers she can't pick up the phone to call her mom...The love for her children and her loved ones is unbelievably amazing and pure. Everyone she encounters gets to experience happiness and joy. "
Vicki is an inspiration and joy in everything that she does. Her smile and laughter fill a room, and her enthusiasm is contagious. I have watched her walk in love, in spite of the many challenges life has thrown her way, including losing her father just 11 days shy of her 25th birthday. Through her heart breaking loss she has never ceased to be a devoted mother, sister and daughter. In 2012 Vicki began a weight loss journey and has shown great strength and comittment, not only to herself, but to others around her who want to walk in her footsteps. I have been inspired by her through her courage and dedication and feel honored to be a small part of her story.
-tyler kent white
It's impossible to walk away from her without feeling better about yourself. The gift she gives...happiness. It almost seems unreal. On the flip-side, Amy does nothing for herself. Ever. I met her because her mother in-law drug her into the salon and paid for her to get her hair done. Amy would never spend money on herself. I convinced her that she's "worth it", although it took a while...I'm still overwhelmed by the endless volunteering and her going above and beyond for every single person she knows. Amy stretches herself so thin, that she doesn't even realize or honestly care that she never treats herself. She is hands down, the most caring person I've ever met.