FLOYDS KNOBS —
For any parent, losing a child is the most unimaginable and devastating experience.
It was equally devastating for Halie and Kevin Book, whose 6-year-old son Kaden recently lost his battle with leukemia. However, his mother said she has found strength through God and her church.
“The biggest strength is our Lord and our faith. Our faith has grown,” she said.
The Southern Indiana community has also shown support to the family by providing meals and fundraisers while the family sought cancer treatment for Kaden in Cincinnati.
“It has been a neat thing, just how we’ve been taken care of. It shows the type of community we live in. It is a real thoughtful and kind community,” Halie said.
She said her husband’s aunt organized fundraisers so Kevin could afford to take time away from work so he could be in Cincinnati.
Christy Nash also heard about the family and wanted to help. After thinking about it, she approached her Jazzercise group in Floyds Knobs about fundraising ideas. Finally, the idea came to her.
“We had a Jazzercise conference and then brainstormed things we could do. I thought that I have to do something with Pinterest,” Nash said. She developed the idea of Pinning for a Purpose, and invited the group to make items inspired by Pinterest to sell in the form of a silent auction.
“I brought the idea to the Jazzercise family and they ran with it. I am humbled by the response from people. Their hearts are big,” said Nash, who hopes the donations are able to buy groceries or anything to help lift some of the burden from the Book family.
“They are suffering an unthinkable loss. No mother should have to lose a child. We want them to know that the community is still thinking about them,” Nash said.