name is Steve Beden, I am the Founder and Executive Director of
the A Parents Love Foundation, a non-profit organization established
to help individuals and families facing life impacting crisis.
no different than millions of parents who love their children
and who strive to provide the best possible life for them as they
grow up and set out on their own to conquer the world. It's at
this point where the A Parents Love story starts and why today
we are focusing our efforts to help individuals and families facing
life impacting crisis.
It was December 9th, 2005 and I can remember the day like it was
yesterday. I had just gotten to my desk and my phone was ringing
(nothing new). As I picked up the phone to greet the caller, it
was my son (Jason), and I remember thinking to myself - "why
would he be calling me at this time of the day".
was only a few words, that took only a few seconds, but the tone
in his voice told a much greater story.
had called to ask if there was any way I could leave work and
come meet him at his house. He had said that he needed to let
us know about something very important and wanted to do it in
hours later, our world had been changed in ways that we never
could have imagined.
daughter-in-law, Heather, a newlywed of 7 months, a new kindergarten
teacher of 3 months and a 23 year old with the heart of a lion
had been diagnosed after what was to be a routine colonoscopy
with stage 3 rectal cancer. Visit Heathers
days and weeks that followed all seemed to blur together as we
spent a great deal of each day emotionally supporting Jason and
Heather, searching out information, contacting family and friends,
compiling questions and searching for answers.
the calls from family and friends continued to grow, so did the
realization that our family was facing a life changing crisis.
A crisis that would require our untiring support and our unwavering
afternoon while searching on the Internet for cancer treatments
I stumbled upon a website that a dad facing a similar situation
had put online. The site was pretty basic and I could tell that
this person didn't have any real website skills (neither did I),
but I remember telling myself that this was something I could
do to help spread the word, gain the support and lessen the day
to day work of keeping family and friends up to date on Heather's
progress. So after more hours than I had ever imagined, the A
Parents Love website was launched. Emails were sent to friends
and family and I encouraged them to spread the word, offer Heather
their support and if possible lend any financial support to Jason
and Heather they could as we knew the medical bills were staging
outpouring of support was overwhelming. As the word spread, Heather
received emails from people she hadn't spoken with for years,
from family members to far away to come visit and from complete
strangers who had heard of her story. Prayer groups included Heather
in their prayers and people from all walks of life offered story
after story of support. By adding a simple link on the website
where people could make an online contribution, Heather even received
financial contributions from people that she didn't even know.
The support, both emotional and financial was overwhelming and
it was this simple and unexpected start that helped fuel the driving
force behind the A Parents Love Foundation.
EXPANDS TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
The months that followed generated emails and phone calls from
individuals and families who were also facing life changing crisis
and it was at this time that the realization of what could be
offered became clear. In every story I heard, every family I spoke
with and every crisis I learned about, there seemed to be one
common denominator that helped give each person the ability to
fight one more day - HOPE.
that a loved one would overcome an illness
Hope that a family member would survive an accident
Hope that they would somehow beat the crisis,
Hope that a cure would be developed to fight
a life threatening disease
tell us that at one time or another in our lifetime each of us
will be impacted by a crisis that will change our lives.
every case we each have the ability to choose how we will deal
with the news; ignore the fact, think that life is over or take
a stand and fight the battle with the true belief that regardless
of how tough the path ahead, we will overcome the crisis and win.
the A Parents Love Foundation is staging to provide individuals
and families facing life impacting crisis with a Free Internet
portal where they can spread the word, share the news, seek support
and fundraise to cover medical expenses and to help the individuals
and families to get back on their feet.
welcome your involvement and your support in helping to make the
dream of spreading APL to individuals and families around the
globe a reality.
are true believers that as you give unto the world, the world
will give unto you. It doesn't matter whether you choose to support
APL with a donation, you help to introduce an individual or family
facing a life impacting crisis or you take this opportunity to
join our Community Angel Network. Whatever the choice and at whatever
level you choose, we thank you for your support.
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