As we celebrate this 4th of July weekend we are reminded of our Freedom and Independence. For most people, these rights are not necessarily something we notice and express gratitude for on a daily basis. For a family caring for a child with a life-threatening condition, however, freedom and independence are such a rarity that when given to them, it is cherished. Our goal at Crescent Cove is to help our families experience these rights more often. Continue reading Freedom and Independence
Thank you for the opportunity to share my family’s story about our hero, my son, Michael Zimanske. My family completely supports Crescent Cove’s mission, as we know first-hand the importance of building a pediatric hospice home in Minnesota.
Every mother has her own journey. Sometimes that journey can take us to places we never could have imagined. For me, my motherhood journey began when I was young and dreamed of being a mother. I imagined all the lovely normal stuff of parenthood – rocking my baby to sleep, reading bedtime stories, teaching my child to ride a bike, birthday parties, and preschool celebrations. With the birth of my first baby, the mother inside me was also born and I began to step forward into everything I had envisioned. Life was wonderful and simple for a couple years and I was blissfully unaware that it would ever be any other way. Little did I know that with the arrival of our second daughter Ivy in October of 2008, my motherhood plan would be shaken to the core and veer onto a new path. Continue reading My Motherhood Journey, by Jeannie Goodspeed
On this journey to build a long-awaited residential children’s hospice and respite home in Minnesota, the urgency grows each day as we meet more families who could use this home. Many of you have journeyed with us for a myriad of reasons. Some of you know the need after having said good-bye in this world to your beloved child. Others are caring for a child whose life may be short, is intense and more meaningful than you can describe. For some it is simply that your heart draws you to take action, to make a difference. Our effort to build this home has peaks and valleys. Our celebrations and forks in the road cannot compare to the experience of our families of children with shortened life expectancies. However, we do share the experience of facing a challenge that is more than we imagined, yet filled with an abundance of joy and love. For everyone involved in our mission, we are reminded to keep going, ‘Onward.’