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Foundation Recipients and Fundraising Events

Just wanted to let you know we’ve officially had Benny’s foundation going for a year!! It’s super exciting but bittersweet that our Brave boy has been gone for 18 months already. 18 months without seeing his beautiful smile. We just wanted to update you on what we have accomplished in the last 356 days.
We’ve been able to give 7 Benny bags with 5 more ready to go as soon as this Covid stuff calms down. We’ve sourced some amazing things that are all either locally or Canadian made. That excites me!! Each Benny bag is worth $500.00. Pictures will be posted as soon as they find homes.
$1500.00 worth of Safeway gift cards have been donated to Benny’s paediatrician’s office during Christmas and Thanksgiving to make sure that everyone was able to enjoy a good meal. (Benny loved celebrating and good food). We are just $400.00 short of being able to donate another $1000.00 worth of gift cards for Christmas this year.
27 superheroes were also given out to any child that needed to be a bit more BRAVE when they received a needle poke. Thank you to everyone that sent us a picture with their child and superhero. Those pictures and messages always seem to come when my heart needs it the most.
We have had numerous AMAZING fundraisers that all of you have supported us in. You all make James and I feel so loved! We had a Benny Brave Foundation meeting last week and I’m super excited to show you our next adventure. This box is full of “awesome” needle poke prizes. We will keep it full and it will stay at Doctor Chatur’s office. We’ve filled it with some of Benny’s favourites especially cars and some cute girl stuff that I’m pretty sure he would’ve ok’d or told me that his best buddy Willa would love. This tote is just a stand-in until our custom Benny Box is built I can’t wait to share it with you all.
We are also looking to make a donation of toys in Benny’s name to the Kids with Cancer house for Christmas. Benny loved this house and it will be our way of starting to give back to a house that gave Benny and us so much.
So that in a nutshell has been the last 356 days, can’t wait for the next 356 days. Thank you to everyone that has helped us in “Spreading Benny’s love”.

Christmas Craft Fundraiser

On November 28, 2020, we will be doing another Christmas Craft day. This year we will be doing smaller groups to follow COVID restrictions and we are also adding a DIY take home sleigh so that you can do it at your own home if you prefer.

To register in class please see the eventbrite link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-wooden-sleighs-tickets-126750467059?aff=erelpanelorg

To take home a DIY kit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diy-pick-up-and-take-home-christmas-sleigh-tickets-126752824109?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR1FyDYghNkRvqSpNAbDpTfvCSbdStDjbBEAyFn-GW_LmvfJs5qqKm6fWr0

**UPDATE: We have another order coming Sept 5. If your interested P/M us for ways you can secure your Benny candle 💙

Our delivery of Benny candles came today all the way from Saskatchewan. I’m so grateful to Shanna and Brooke from Flicker Candle Co. The Benny Brave candle is a 10 ounce hand-poured soy wax candle with an amazing London fog scent. It’s the perfect combination of bergamot, lavender and vanilla. We only have a limited amount and can deliver in Edmonton and send it to where ever you are. If you’d like an amazing scent let us know. $32.00 with all profits going to Benny’s foundation 💙💙💙💙

On July 25th, 14 months to the day that Benny left us we let his ashes go around his memorial bench and the creek it sits in front of.
The evening was full of emotions but James and I couldn’t have felt more loved and supported by our family. We gave everyone the opportunity to spread some of Benny’s ashes because these where the people that he loved the most 💙
And as we walked back to our place a beautiful rainbow appeared just as beautiful as the one that stretched across the sky the day Benny left. We like to believe that it’s Benny’s way of letting us know he’s ok.

I was asked to write a piece from my current self to myself before I was a mom by Jenny at Dear Little Wild. I was honoured to share Benny and his story. Jenny has been a huge supporter of Benny and myself and has done a lot for us. Benny loved Dear Little Wild clothes and he happens to be wearing one of Dear Little Wild shirts in the picture. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share a little of Benny with everyone. 💙 http://www.dearlittlewild.com/

“So be as brave as he is.”

WOW, Vanessa. You’ll marry your Prince Charming and make a home! You’ll struggle with fertility, but you will become a mamma.

What I need to tell you is that the first two will be easy. The last one will test you, almost kill you. Your heart will feel that amazing love a mamma feels when she holds the love of her life for the first time. You will also feel the most horrific pain that a mother can feel, the most unnatural feeling in the world.

You’ll be a mamma to the bravest, kindest, sweetest blue-eyed boy. He’ll teach you to love unconditionally and to be brave even when you feel you can’t. Because the thing is, you will only have him for 1,854 days before he has to go back to God.

So be as brave as he is. He’ll enrich your life more in 1,854 days than all the days of your life. He’ll leave a mark on everyone that crosses his path, and he’ll show you how to live every moment of your life unselfishly. He’ll wipe your tears on hard days and tell you he’s ok, to prove to you that you can be brave too. You’ll be his everything – his protector, boo-boo kisser, cuddler, and hair-twister on days when he needs comfort.

You’ll also learn that you have the most fierce, loving family. They will pick you up in your darkest times. Always be grateful for them, they will carry you for a long time. They will never let you be alone.

You will have the hardest 356 days after your brave boy leaves. It will test you, your marriage, and everything you believe in. You will struggle with mental health and your faith. It’s ok to not be ok.

And you will do good. You will be brave. You will be an advocate. You will have the chance to spread your boy’s love. You will be pushed so far out of you comfort zone it will change you as a person. It will change everything you believed in. But you will make it. It might not be today or tomorrow or even in another 356 days, but you will be brave. So be gentle with yourself, stand up for yourself and others and live everyday gratefully. You will learn that ‘Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect.’

Now go enjoy a glass of wine and sun on your patio.

Much love,
Vanessa (Mamma to Benny Brave)

“With Mother’s Day around the corner we would like to dedicate our New Blue Butterfly Scrub to our dear customer Vanessa and her son Benny. $5 from the sale of each Scrub will be donated to the @bennybravefoundation. Vanessa and her husband James started Benny Brave foundation after losing their precious son Benny, only 5 years old in May 2019 after a long courageous battle with cancer. Benny Brave foundation is Inspired by Benny’s love of sharing and helping others. Benny’s foundation assists children and their families with expenses incurred while undergoing paediatric treatments.”

We are so excited and grateful to Ember for this generous offer. Please support our friends at Ember. Their stuff is amazing. You can check them out at https://www.emberscrubs.com/

Gift cards from Safeway

I’m so grateful that I work for a understanding company. While we where fighting Benny’s battle Safeway gave my the time off that I needed to be with Benny and they held my spot for just about three years. They’ve supported us through our go fund me and Benny’s Foundation. Today Safeway stores gave back to a charity of their choice to help out with all the craziness in the world the last few weeks and my store picked Benny’s Foundation. We received 10-$100.00 Safeway gift cards that will help some hospital families.

So grateful!💙💙💙💙💙
Spreading Benny’s love 💙

A list of our supporters that donated items for the silent auction.

ON FEBRUARY 29, 2020, WE HOSTED OUR FIRST PUB NIGHT AT THE CANADIAN BREWHOUSE. WE WERE AMAZED BY THE SUPPORT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT MADE THIS EVENING A HUGE SUCCESS. WE RAISED $9757.68!!! THOSE FUNDS WILL HELP MANY FAMILIES. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY. WE FELT BENNY WITH US ALL NIGHT!

We are so excited to have out first pub night. February 29th, 2020 at the Canadian Brew House (St. Albert by Costco) Tickets are $10 a piece and include a $6.99 voucher. We have many silent auction items such as a pair of tickets to a Eskimo game, a child size ATV, photography session, and many more. ALL proceeds going to out Foundation to support families. Please contact us to purchase your tickets.

We are so happy to have received a message from a family that received one of our Benny Bags over Christmas. Sending prayers and thoughts this little warrior’s way. This makes our heart full. Our goal was just to make someone’s life a little brighter for a moment while their littles ones are going through the unimaginable.

“My name is Lindsey and my husband’s name is Randy. And our 3.5 year old son named George is currently in hospital waiting for his second heart transplant.

It has been a wild 3 years full of hospital visits, but this has been our longest stay, over 6 months, as we wait for his special gift.A little while ago, Dr Chatur gave us an incredible gift basket from your family, and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much.

We have Benny’s story and photo on our wall and I read it every night. I am so sorry for your loss. Benny sounded like such a strong and amazing child.

These kids absolutely amaze me, their resiliency throughout all of this.

Again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your generosity. It helped give some hope and sparkle during this scary time. ❤️”

Just about ready to help some families 💙 Benny’s bag is full of Benny’s favourite and comforting things. Can’t wait to spread Benny’s love 💙💙💙

October 28, 2019. Yesterday was a special day. Willa was the first recipient of the Benny Brave Foundation. This family is extra special to us, as Willa and Benny where friends. Willa is the most fierce beautiful little girl I’ve ever met. She’s fought a hard fight to be able to still be with us and she is also the reason we will keep fighting. Her mom and dad amaze me beyond words and I love them to pieces! #Willastrong💜

Christmas Wreaths

On November 16, 2019, we held our very first fundraiser. We made Christmas wreaths. 44 people attended and we had an awesome time. We raised $3520.00 that day. Thank you so much to all the participants for their support.