The Forever with Us Foundation was created to care for the families who have recently lost a child to cancer, and do not have the funds to provide their child with an honorable funeral. This Foundation contributes to the funeral costs in order to take away some of the stress the families feel during this time. Families with a child battling cancer already have a large financial burden with medical bills, and in some cases parents lose their job as a result of spending time with their sick children. If their child tragically passes away, parents not only suffer from the loss of a child but are forced to cover funeral expenses. I have seen too many posts of parents who are desperately trying to raise money for their own child's funeral. This is what we aim to eliminate. I know from personal experience that when my brother, Kyle, unexpectedly passed away in 2015, my parents were very grateful when my grandparents stepped in to help.
A main focus of this organization is to allow parents to give their child the funeral that they believe their child deserves. We want these courageous children to have the best celebration of life possible. There are many successful nonprofit organizations which exist for pediatric oncology; however, through research I have not found a support for funeral expenses. Many people do not like to think about this aspect of the terrible disease but it is a very sad reality. Every 1 in 8 children diagnosed will pass away from the disease, and the parents are not only left with the loss of a child, but also a huge financial burden. Let’s help these parents alleviate at least a tiny bit of the stress they are feeling at this time, until no more children are taken from this disease.