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Ava & Childhood Cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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Today is Ava Hutchinson’s 12th birthday. She celebrates this in Heaven today because Ava passed away 2 days ago from a secondary cancer after winning the battle over the first.

Her mother Joni shared the cancer details this with us last week:

Ava was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. She had a brain tumor called Medulloblastoma. A giant word for anyone, but she was only 2 years old. Ava fought for a year with surgeries and chemo. As she was preparing to start radiation, relapse was discovered. She underwent high dose radiation to her brain, followed by high dose chemo and 3 stem cell transplants. She finished treatment just before her 4th birthday. This treatment would save her life, but sadly as we later discovered it also caused a secondary brain cancer. July 2016 she was diagnosed with high grade gliomas in the pons and brain stem. Surgery and radiation were not options. We were told she would live 12 months at best with treatment. Unfortunately there is no cure for this cancer and treatment studies for pediatric secondary cancers are virtually nonexistent. We sought treatment in Iowa, Georgia, Minnesota, Illinois Missouri, etc. Ava has had 7 different chemo medications over the last 15 months. We changed our diet completely. We quit our jobs. We gave it our everything, but the cancer has taken over and the options have run out. Ava’s body is shutting down and she is exhausted. Watching her die slowly day by day is torture, pure torture.”

On Monday, Ava passed away at home surrounded by her family.

“Princess Ava made her climb to her forever castle today. Her climb started Saturday evening. She had a bath, one of Ava’s favorite things. This was followed by a slumber she would never wake up from. As Ava transitioned we did more of her favorite things…..Sunday snuggles with mom, dad and sissy. Sissy read lots and lots of stories, she picked Ava’s favorites. Best big sissy ever. We surrounded Ava with our greatest love around the clock. The snuggles continued into Monday and by noon Jesus came and led Miss Ava to the most mighty kingdom of all. Our hearts will be forever broken. One cannot fill the space Ava occupied….there is a great big hole in this world now. Ava’s charm and charisma changed everything she came in contact with. May you always carry a pink, purple, sparkly place in your heart for sweet Ava. When you visit that place, I guarentee you will find a big smile and perfectly sweet snorty laugh because that was Ava’s way. We want her back so badly. Sweet sweet Ava, oh sweet Ava we miss you so so much!

The students at Bondurant Farrar are wearing Pink and Purple today in remembrance of and to celebrate Ava’s birthday. Ava lived life fully, she was in girl scouts and 4H, she loved watching her sister play softball. Our community rallied around her and her family recently by placing pink and purple and sparkly ribbons around signposts, power poles and mailboxes.

Our Awareness starts by showing others what you are in support of.

Questions are asked.

Awareness grows when passion for cause is seen and others join in and unite together. Answers are given, knowledge is shared.

Love is felt by those supported and that fuels something that is priceless; H♡PE!

In my community we support a cause with ribbons, buttons, t-shirts and stickers so others will see and ask “What’s that for?”

And we say, “I am glad you asked, we are sharing awareness and grieving with a family we love and support this cause.”

Our  family and community continue to pray for the Hutchinson’s. Ava is not lost, she is safe in heaven with God. His plan is so great and mighty that we don’t understand why. It is okay to ask Him, and if we listen with our heart, really listen, God always answers.

Ava will never be forgotten, every person that knew her will always remember a beautiful little girl and how brave she was and fought with all her might against cancer, not once but twice.

Love hugs and prayers,

The Engle Family #WildfarmKids

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Closing of June

As June now comes to a close remember Safety is a year round given.

This is a post for all present and future parents, grandparents, caregivers. We encourage you to share.

 Always be aware of your childs surroundings and never assume someone else will keep your child safe. 

Public parks are fun and interesting places to explore. Some are open spaces, some are to showcase nature and flowers while others have playground equipment. Parks are promoted for everyone to come to visit in every community. As a parent please remember any public place has dangers and we don’t mean the possibility of bad people, we are focusing on what is left behind. Be sure to walk around the playground and look for trash, disguarded cans or bottles, or anything else. (We keep used shopping bag that can be used as a barrier glove to pick up what’s dangerous) Even forgotten toys can easily be dangerous because of the germs that may be on them. Set boundaries for your child to stay in the area that together you walked around, always in your eyesite. Parents, we must stay vigilant and clean up after others to keep our little ones safe. We carry a small bottle of soap so our little ones can wash their hands after playing on equipment and we wash ours with them too. Soap is better then hand sanitizer and most parks have drinking fountians, (we try to wipe them down too.) 

While at the park, please put away the cell phones, watch your child(ern) play, if possible play along side them. They don’t stay small for long and remember cell phones were not popular when you were a small child. Before you know your children have grown up. 

Public parks are free and no two are the same. Now enjoy and take time to relax, it’s about being together; laughing and talking and answering a thousand questions their little minds ask. Make them the center of attention, you will be making priceless memories. 

 Be safe and God bless you all.

#WildfarmKidsParents

 For more information click on National Safety Month

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Five things you can’t get back.


There are five things that you cannot recover in life;

 

(1) The Stone………..after it’s thrown,

           

(2) The Word……………after it’s said,

           

(3) The Occasion……after it’s missed,

           

(4) The Time…………after it’s gone.

           

(5) A person…………….after they die

Educate while you have the opportunity to.  Share this to your social media pages, it is simple and free. Something to think about.

God Bless you all,  #WildfarmKids•com

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Spring Break 2017

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We are in the middle of Spring Break 2017 in our school district. Some familys have gone away on vacations, some enjoy stay-cations. There are some families who have their students left to entertain themselves and/or siblings behind locked doors. This is the world we live in. Our family has had all three types of spring breaks.

We know there are so many things that pose danger and that can harm our children at any time at home or on vacation; so we educate them. We give them rules and guidance. We tell them the things to avoid and we forbid things also. As parents we only do this for the things that we know about, things we have ourself been explained or have personally experienced. Thankfully you are reading this and will learn the truth about the choking game.

What our youth do not understand is just because his/her friend is doing it and appear okay, the consequences of this activity are not talked about. The youths friend doesn’t say a few hours after doing it they had a headache that was so bad it made them feel sick. The friend doesn’t say that their eyes hurt the next day and even itch because of it. The friend will joke about getting dizzy and falling but does not remember that he/she had seizures because of it. The friend will say, ” It’s okay. It’s not like your parents said you can’t. It’s fine. One time. Come on. Your parents don’t care or they would have told you not to. It’s okay, See I am fine, Try it just once.”

See it is taunted and also may be explained in the most alluring way and even will be demonstrated. What happens next is frightening because if your child is curious about it, they may try it at home alone and when they’re alone the chance it results as deadly skyrockets. There are warning signs to find out if your child is already doing this.

You now have the choice to make; do you tell your children about this deadly activity so that peer pressure doesn’t give them the wrong information or are you going to assume that it would never happen to your child or in your community.

Take Action to help us educate others.

Share the information on this website to all your social media outlets. Tell family, friends, coworkers and educate them. Explore the other tabs and read the stories and articles so you are informed. Email us with any questions you may have, we answer all of them personally. You can help spread awareness about this dangerous and deadly activity because the choking game akways has harmful consequences.

Start the conversation and educate others; sitting around the coffee table, the break room or in the bleachers watching spring sports.and you save lives.

Have a safe and memorable Spring Break 2017

 

BLESSINGS FROM THE WILDFARMKIDS

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Five years

 

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To all the family and friends of Joshua Leo Engle 

Five years ago on a Tuesday before Thanksgiving, just like today, classmates and teachers at Bondurant Farrar schools were told that Joshua had died the night before. Unfortunately details were not completely correct at that time and rumors spread. Even family outside our home incorrectly told stories of what happened. Students heard he had killed himself on purpose. …

NO, Joshua did not purposely kill himself. He was doing something called the choking game also known as the passout challenge. A way to get an adrenaline rush but it can be deadly. Youth think they are invincible and Joshua was no exception. This “game” always does damage to the youths body and the damage shows up as severe head aches. (We all remember Josh complaining about head aches.) There are outward signs too. Itchy eyes, similar to allergies with redness.(Yes Joshua had often told teachers his eyes hurt) Those are also some of the warning signs. In the hospital we were told about this activity and told to see if there were other warning signs in our home. Yes there were. We never knew of this potentially deadly game. If you know someone trying the game, tell them about what happened to Joshua. Tell a parent or guardian, a teacher or coach. Just tell someone before it’s to late.

We would like to say a prayer for all Joshua’s classmates friends and school personal again because they are always in our prayers and you can say this to;

Dear Father in Heaven, 

Be with the classmates and teachers of Bondurant Farrar today as the memory of coming to school and finding out Joshua had gone Home to Heaven still brings tears to their hearts. Give strength and courage to the seniors in their last year of highschol to make good choices about their future. Guide the Juniors and protect them so they have futures. Comfort the teachers and give them the wisdom to console each other and the right words for their students. And the rest of the staff, coaches and administrative personal, give them too the encouragement when they encounter students to comfort. Almighty God be with Joshua’s siblings and protect them from all unrest. Be with his cousins there and at other schools. And last we ask for blessings to the pastors of them all,  that they recognize saddness or the out of sorts feelings and that they give assurance that You, our Creator have a plan and Joshua was a good and faithful servant and although he played a game that took his life, Joshua is in Heaven because he has Your Son Jesus as his Savior.  

Lord we ask these things in prayer and in the name of Jesus; Amen..

God bless all of Joshua’s Family and Friends~

Love to all, Chad & Wendi Engle

Feel free to share this post if you are moved by it. This is how we spread awareness to other families so they will know what we did not.

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The Ribbon

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We are completely humbled by the love and support we have been surrounded with this season. On the helmets of the football players at Bondurant-Farrar, the choking game awareness ribbon has been added to remember Joshua Engle. This would have been his senior year and his teammates are honoring his memory. 

Jersey #54 was his number when he passed away and it is now displayed on the sideline for this season.

From the bottom of our hearts, we truly love you all.

GO BIG BLUE!!! ♥

Thank you and blessings to all.

WildfarmKids family

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The Choking Game ribbon explained:

BLack is because we grieve.

GOLD because the children are treasured.

RED is our everlasting Love for them.

And please like and share this post to help us continue to educate everyone you know no matter where they live.

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Football 2016 Senior Year

Friday September 9th 2016

A lot happening in our town today. #RVTV in Bondurant this afternoon and the first home game for varsity football tonight.

WILDFARMKIDS knows that the #CyHawk football game tomorrow is our states #superbowl and in our house we have fans on both sides. We also cheer for #NebraskaHuskers and the #SimpsonStorm as well.

Our point is; football is just a game and we hope that all the “fans” #Cy or #Hawk keep the banter civil and most of all remember; the youth of the community are watching. #PlayNice Exibit good sportsmanship. Share #teamspirit and don’t put down the other team. Cheer and enjoy the fellowship. Remember it’s just a game and next week there will be another one to cheer for

Not all games give second chances. The “Choking Game” is one that is deadly and has no adult fans. Our youth need to know the facts and end playing that game.

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Tonight look for the Joshua Leo Engle  #shoutout on the scoreboard at the Highschool football game and the #54 Jersey displayed on the bench in memory of Josh. WildfarmKids wants to thank the parents of the Class of 2017  for making our family feel the true blessings of friends and reaffirm the love the class of 2017 has for Joshua Leo Engle. Thank you to the coaches and staff and the Bondurant Farrar varsity football team  Playing in memory of our #54. Prayers that God and Joshua send an Army of Angels to watch over the players and cheerleaders once again. Safe travels to all who come to watch Bondu under the Friday night lights.

Good Luck to all the players, be safe and courageous!

 

#BlueBayNation #BondurantFarrar #Football

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