On October 16th, 2009, our precious triplet boys were born. As you can imagine, we were so excited they arrived safe and we looked forward to having our baby boys at home with us. Unfortunately, within the first few weeks, months of birth Joshua was diagnosed with multiple severe disabilities. Many doctors from multiple hospitals including CHOC, UCLA and Cedars were never able to diagnose the underlying cause. There were more than 30 hospital admissions, 15 doctor specialists, multiple procedures/surgeries, MRI’s, and 911 calls and 4 challenging but memorable years of fighting to give Joshua the BEST life possible. On our last hospital stay due to complications to pneumonia, we were faced with our worst nightmare, Joshua came home to live out his final months, weeks, days and hours on hospice care, with his sweet brothers, and adoring, loving family. His awesome smile and sweet disposition shined in the toughest of times and will always remind us to be kind to others because you never know what battle they are fighting.
One day, we had a special visit from Laurie Kotas, the founder and bereaved mom with Kristies Foundation. She has a sweet soul and a big mission. She was their to help us make memories and help make this transition easier. Kristies Foundation provided a support system for us in our time of need. Laurie having gone through losing her daughter, Kristie to leukemia at the young age of 7, gave us a sense that we were not alone. Laurie connected us with the mortuary and with other families that have suffered similar losses of their child.
For this reason, this foundation is dear to us and very special. Thank you for hearing our story and showing your love and support for our charity!