This is just a page to give you more info on the foundation for which I am busting my you-know-what!! Please check out their website to find out more information. Below is information from the foundation’s website that I thought you might find interesting, including a brief story about how Without Regrets helped their first family. I may add more information as it is available, but I recommend going straight to their site to find out all the “hot poop”, as my mom would say!
I am raising money to help Without Regrets Foundation to accomplish their mission. By running a marathon in Arizona on February 19th and a 10 mile run in Austin on April 15th, I hope to raise awareness for their cause and get as close to that original $3000 fundraising goal as possible. (We were originally going to run in the Salt Lake City Marathon so the fundraising goal was much higher.)
If you would like to support the mission of Without Regrets, please donate to help me meet my goal. Every dollar counts! To donate, go to http://www.withoutregrets.org/run/sarah-hood/. Thank you!
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Without Regrets Foundation was started by two moms from Dripping Springs, Texas.
Without Regrets Foundation assists terminal adults who are the parents of minor children accomplish a pre-established goal with their family before the end of their life. We provide the families with memories that will last forever and allow our clients to Leave Without Regrets.
After knowing three young parents that passed away in one year leaving behind young children, we decided something needed to be done for other families facing this situation. We believe that the memories a child has of a parent can last a lifetime and for some children memories are all they have.
With a background in working for and with non-profit organizations, fundraising for charitable organizations, and a passion for helping others we decided we would create an organization to help children and families with terminally ill parents.
I was a government major at the University of Texas at Austin. After college I worked for one of the political parties and in grassroots lobbying before deciding to move to the non-profit sector. It is an amazing feeling when you make a difference in the lives of others. I have worked in fundraising for The Leukemia Society, Local Independent Charities, Independent Charities of America and The Children’s Charitable Alliance. I was previously a gubernatorial appointee to the SECC State Advisory Committee. I left this all behind to be a mom. I have a 7 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. They are my greatest achievement but I followed my heart in forming Without Regrets knowing that I am teaching them valuable lessons about doing things for others and one day they will be proud of what their mother has accomplished. I also volunteer my time at my daughter’s school and with her girl scout troop.
I put myself through college while raising my oldest daughter. After graduating from University of Houston, I worked for Arthur Andersen and Texas Children’s Hospital. During this time, I married and earned a teaching certificate. I taught in Houston for 5 years before staying home with my daughters. I have participated in fundraising events for The Leukemia Society, American Diabetes Association, Susan G. Komen, March of Dimes, Livestrong, and many others. I volunteer at my children’s schools and at my church. Without Regrets Foundation allows me to funnel my passion for helping people while teaching my daughters valuable life lessons.
Without Regrets Foundation Helps Its First Family!
Wednesday January 11, 2012
We are so honored to have been able to work with Alex and his family. Alex is a 38 year old man with End Stage ALS. He was referred to us by the ALS Association South Texas Chapter and New Century Hospice. Alex has three children; sons ages 17 and 14 and a 9 year old daughter. With his prognosis of six months or less left in his life he told Without Regrets Foundation that he wanted to take his wife and children to the Texas Gulf Coast. This wonderful family has not been to the coast since their oldest son was just a baby. The two youngest children have never seen the beach. When Alex was younger and healthier he used to enjoy fishing. Without Regrets Foundation was honored to be able to help this family. They went to South Padre Island from December 17th to 22nd. They spent 6 days enjoying the fresh sea air and the beautiful beaches. During the trip the family also experienced a dolphin watching tour and a bay fishing trip. They were also treated to family portraits on the beach. Great memories were made during their stay and we cannot express how happy we are to have been part of it. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. & Mrs. Lance Jackson, HEB, Breakaway Cruises and WWD Photography for their help making this all possible.
“THANK YOU!!!! We had a blast. I am glad to have had a chance to come to SPI with my family. I don’t know how to word it…but THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You have given my family some amazing memories for the rest of their lives……..” ~ Alex Vargas