A Lasting Mark,
Kiah and I would like to thank A Lasting Mark for their incredible generosity. Your ability and willingness to help us has been life changing and will never be forgotten!! Your foundation’s name is ever so appropriate! A Lasting Mark indeed!
We applied and were granted a scholarship to attend the kids get Scleroderma too Convention in Denver Colorado. We wanted to go to this convention more than anything. Being diagnosed just shy one year from date of the convention we felt so incredibly lost and alone. We were raveling from the consequences that this disease has handed us. Leaving us in a financial hardship and our entire family an emotional mess.
It wasn’t until we got to the KGS2 convention that I even understood the severity this diagnosis had affected our beautiful, daughter Kiah. There is this quote I love. “Life is too ironic to fully understand. It takes sadness to know what happiness is. Noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence.” This quote rang so true. I didn’t fully see how this disease stole my daughter’s spirit! Her true happiness, until I saw her at KGS2. There was a genuine laugh I hadn’t heard in almost a year! There was life back in her eyes! Kiah walked away with lifelong friendships! Infact Kiah didn’t even sleep with me. She slept with one of her new best friends in their room! The pictures taken say it ALL.
Kiah walked away feeling empowered! It’s safe to say I watched Kiah walk into KGS2 as a victim and walked out a VICTOR! Luke’s story we will NEVER, EVER forget. He made us laugh, and cry! He gave us hope! Thank you Luke for being you! Thank you A Lasting Mark for funding our flights, fees, transportation,and lodging we will forever be grateful!
Trina Florence & Kiah The Warrior