Richard & Christina have been married for 23 years. They have 2 sons Caleb 13 and Caden 7. Both of them went through bone marrow transplants at the age of 1 due to a rare childhood disease called Hemophagocitic Lymphohistiocitosis or HLH for short which is basically an overactive immune system that left untreated would destroy both good and bad cells in the body.
Through these processes, They spent about 4 years in & out of hospital and saw many sick and hurting children and bewildered depressed parents dealing with their own sicknesses and diseases. This spurred an idea that was placed in their hearts...give a bear to a child in the hospital so that we could brighten that child’s day while at the same time share our story with the parents to provide hope and encouragement.
Thanksgiving day 2013 was their first bear delivery on the oncology floor while Caden was in the middle of getting his transplant and between May and August of 2014 they formed Compassionate Hearts for Kids, Inc. and started The Caden Project. Chistina & Richard have delivered over 4000 bears to date to over 20 hospitals in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and California. They have written an illustrated children’s book about The Caden Project to encourage young children to help others in need. Future plans are to start Caleb’s Helping Hands to provide much needed medical equipment to special needs children and their families. They thank God daily for the blessing he has given us through our tragedy by helping others by providing hope and love.
Raised in Jacksonville Florida, Ed worked a lot of jobs and learned a lot along the way (grocery store, record store, lifeguard, musician, restaurants, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Navy). Never been in the military, but worked for the military for 16 years - surveying, engineering, construction, contract administration. Ed must have liked school, to have a BS in Sports Medicine, BS in Civil Engineering, a licensed Civil Engineer and an attorney.
Ed & his family live life at 11 and are truly blessed to have been given the opportunities to help others. They get to see God in action every day and it rocks!
Our guest today started out life as refugee from Laos. When Kenji aKa the Lao Warrior came to America during the Vietnam war, he didn't speak English and his family only had $5.00. Now, with martial arts and acting in his portfolio, Kenji proves that opportunity is up to you and the opportunities you take for your family.