After losing her son, Julie knew she no longer had a need for the beautiful wheelchair-accessible van parked in her driveway. Every time she looked at it, she felt a pang of sadness, but was also flooded with so many happy memories. They had nicknamed it the “Joymobile,” because it had made so many adventures possible for Bradan to experience before he passed away.
She had never forgotten the random kindness bestowed upon her by Chive Charities when they called her and told her that her son was approved for a $57,000 grant.
She knew that somehow, she was going to pay it forward. Because that’s what would make Bradan proud.
Julie met a woman named Judith through Skip Camp – a group for kids with a trach, vent, and feeding tubes to get to know one another and create a support network. Julie called Judith “a woman who helps everyone else but never receives any help.” Soon, their sons Bradan and Matthew became best friends. Bradan looked up to Matthew, who was diagnosed with Spina Bifida. They stayed close through Bradan’s final days.
Julie decided how she was going to pay it forward in memory of her son…