Please Support Rebbeca's Gift & Boardwalk Posted by: Angela Buraglia on November 11, 2015 at 7:31PM

Rebecca's Gift Keychain
Rebecca's favorite color was purple and she was known as "Little Spark". You'll find this keychain at Rebecca's Boardwalk on November 15th, 2015.

On June 7, 2014 Rebecca Alison Meyer turned 6 years old. That was also the day she took her last breath, her life ending because of brain cancer.

I've watched the Meyer family children grow up online. I cried tears of joy at the news of the arrival of each of their three children. I've clicked the Facebook "Like" button on photos and have been amused by the glimpses into their personalities captured on camera that were shared online. I never got to meet Rebecca, but nearly 10 years ago I got to meet her oldest sister Carolyn. Distance kept me from that pleasure; surely had we lived closer I would have met her. I've heard so much about Rebecca that it almost feels like I knew her. 

What started out as Rebecca getting carsick on a family vacation in August of 2013, turned out to actually be a brain tumor which required surgery for her survival. I was stunned by what I'd read. From then on I followed the Meyers journey online, all the while wishing there was something I could do to help them and show that I care.

No parent should ever have to face the loss of a child. No sibling, no grandparent, no aunt, no uncle, no friend, NOBODY should. There seems to be many support resources for people dealing with a terminally ill child. After the loss of a child, supportive organizations seem to be less common. The Meyer family recognized this issue and decided to do something about it by creating and running a non-profit organization. Their website describes it best:

"Rebecca's Gift provides a space away from the everyday rhythm of life for families who have experienced the death of a child; to assist them in moving forward in their healing process through the opportunity to reconnect, rebuild, and relax by providing that significant first vacation wherein new family dynamics can be developed and bonds strengthened."

Finally, a way we can show our love and support for the Meyer Family! We can help spread the word of Rebecca's Gift -- not only so they can get the financial support they need to reach their objectives, but also so that families in need of their support can be aware that there is assistance out there.

If you're in the Cleveland area, please mark your calendar for Rebecca’s Boardwalk! A family-friendly carnival featuring games, crafts, food, and prizes (including a signed script from The Walking Dead) in support of Rebecca’s Gift will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Fairmount Temple. For more info, visit: http://rebeccasgift.org/events/