In high school, I remember a friend of mine saying that the best gift you can give your child is a sibling. I am an only child (technically, I now have 2 step-brothers, but I grew up as an only child), but I’ve always remembered what she said and held onto it. There is a special bond between siblings, one that isn’t replicated in any other relationships in our lives. It’s special and, I think, this is especially true for sisters. When we received this very sweet sussy nomination from Heidi, who was thinking of her friend Jen, I remembered what my friend had said back in high school and thought of that special gift that is a sibling.
Heidi wrote, “[My] nominee is Jen Schackow. She recently lost her sister to Cystic Fibrosis. Her sister was her best friend. She deeply misses her and wants to bring a greater awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. She is a great mom. She is a super, sweet friend… She could use a lift. “
When Jen heard that she had been nominated, her reply was full of grief, yet thankfully humble:
“I am honored that Heidi nominated me, she has no idea how much her sweet words mean to me. This past year has been awful. My father-in-law passed away in November and then my sister in January as she was waiting for donor lungs. She is my best friend, even to this day, I talk to her, cry for her, long to hear her voice. I recently went to pick out her headstone and just still couldn’t fathom the position I found myself. Just a gut wrenching situation. Again, I am honored to be nominated and just shocked!! Sincerely, Jennifer Schackow”
After receiving this note back from Jennifer, it was clear to us what this sussy needed to be. To help continue Jen’s mission of creating greater awareness of Cystic Fibrosis (CF), we made a contribution to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Jennifer and her recently deceased sister, Kristi Moats.
Jen was touched by the donation and shared with us that on her recent vacation to Florida (while all of this sussy-ing was happening), her family met a wonderful family in Florida whose oldest daughter (20 yrs old) has Cystic Fibrosis. Jen says, “I was drawn to them for a purpose, she is an amazing, beautiful young woman! I gave her a hug and through my tears I let her know I consider her and all other CF sufferers my hero! God Bless you for the donation to The CF Foundation!”
We’re glad to bring a bright moment into Jennifer’s day and to support her and the CF Foundation’s mission!
We are always taking nominations. Please send yours to email@example.com