Little Daniel le Roux earned his angel wings just seven days after Mariele Laurie, on the 23rd August 2013. It is his courage and determination to live, through struggles we can barely comprehend, which became the inspirational vision behind the Daniel and Friends Fund.
I love writing...love re-creating memories and experiences simply be stringing the right selection of words together. But I have struggled to find words which can, in any way, do Daniel and Mariele's stories justice.
Can there be any tragedy more unimaginable than losing your child?
Can there by any memory more cherished than one from which a whole new purpose is born?
At the Daniel and Friends Fund we regularly advocate that parenting a child with special needs not rob you of your dreams, your joy, your life...it merely requires shifting your perception of what those three things represent. But, while we are passionate about uplifting parents/carers, we are just as passionate about keeping it real and the reality is...very many parents of children with special needs face the possibility of losing their child at some point.
Channeling heartache and grief into an instrument through which you not only reach out to others, but dedicate yourself to ensuring a better quality of life for families travelling a similar path, is the very essence of why Kate and Lianie's vision for the Daniel and Fiends Fund is so powerful.