Tom and I would like to thank the following people for their part in our journey.
Captain Randy Schultz of the Brown County Sheriff's Department. How can we ever tell you enough how much you and your men and women mean to our families. From the 911 operators getting the first calls to Officer Dave being the last person to look into those beautiful blue eyes of Sam's, to the perimedics who tried everything they could to save three lives. You will always be placed in a very special part of our hearts. You are a wonderul man and a great captain. Thank you for becoming a police officer. We love you.
All the men and women on the Brown County police force and the Ashwaubenon Paramedics. Thank you for everything you did and tried to do to save Arielle, Paige, and Sam's lives. We can only imagine how hard your jobs must be, but, know that these three families will ALWAYS be grateful and will ALWAYS love you.
Dr. McNutt and his staff at St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, for everything you tried to do to save our son's life in those early morning hours of June 19, 2009. Thank you for allowing Tom to come in so often to hold his boy's hand and tell him how much we loved him and for him to know that God was there to take him home should he not make it. Thank you for the gentle way you did tell us that Sam went Home to Heaven. Your hugs and your tears will forever be felt. We love you all for what you tried to do....give us our son back.
To Patti Van Norden, Arielle's mom, John Lewandowski, Arielle's dad, Shannon Berg, Paige's mom, and Randy Berg, Paige's dad... Thank you for walking this walk with us. We love you all more than you will ever know and Tom and I are so sorry you lost each of your sweet girls. You will always be in our hearts.
To all the people who supported this foundation. Thank you to all the donors, workers, encouragers, huggers, and people who just loved us. You are all who made this foundation possible. You did and are doing what is most needed...to saves lives...so families can stay together.
I would like to thank my husband, Tom, for letting me crawl onto his lap when I would cry so hard and just needed to feel his arms around me, like I wanted to just get lost inside of him and be protected. He helped me to forgive and reminded me of how much God loves Sam and that He would never take his life lightly because He knew how much it would hurt us. To trust Him even when we don't have all the answers. I did that. And, I'm so glad I did. Thank you God for holding us and carrying us when we just can't take another step. You truly are wonderful.