This post is not like my normal snarky, ill-humored, HR related post. This post is very personal. This post will break your heart and it will challenge you.
On June 22nd of this year a dear friend of mine, Jessica McGuire her husband Nic and their two beautiful girls Cadence (6) and Brinley (2) were in a terrible car accident. The car accident took the lives of all of them except Cadence. Cadence was injured, but thankfully that child is a fighter. She quickly realized she was the only one talking and as people rushed to the scene they were able to help and save sweet Cadence. Through this tragedy Cadence has been an example of strength to all of us. At the funeral she wanted to make sure that we all knew she loved her mommy, daddy and baby sister. She is in the loving care of Jessica’s parents and she has a very loving extended family surrounding her during this time. Her birthday is July 23rd, so close to the tragedy this child has endured. I want to challenge everyone, every single person we can get these posts in front of, to send Cadence a birthday card. As she faces her first birthday without her family lets shower this child with love. I promise no amount of love we show this child will be too much. She loves to check the mail and I know she will be so excited when she sees so much mail for her! She has been receiving sad cards in the mail from people expressing their condolences to her and while that is incredibly appropriate let’s send her happy cards! Cards that will put a smile on her face! Share this challenge everywhere! Email, Twitter, FB, News stations, Pinterest, Instagram wherever… use hash tag #HappyBirthdayCadence I’m including the link to the family obit for reference. And a picture of the challenge for easy share. I will also post the challenge in text format. I’ve spoken with the family and they are so thrilled that so many people are willing to do this for Cadence. Please know your assistance in this is so very appreciated.
This month is Cadence’s birthday month. On July 23rd she will be 7 years old. Every birthday will be hard for her, but this will be the first without her mommy and daddy. She also lost her sweet baby sister Brinley who was only 2. I want to challenge you to do something simple. Send sweet Cadence a birthday card this month. If you have kids let your kids make her a birthday card. Just imagine how wonderful she would feel to get hundreds of birthday cards from us? No amount of love we show this child will be too much! Please join me in sending Cadence a birthday card this month. They can be mailed to Cadence McGuire 577 East County Road 122 Gosnell AR 72315. The obit for her parents are online at Cobb Funeral Home. Please share this on your own page and at work, church, with your neighbors, EVERYONE. I challenge you to spread the word and lets show Cadence how much she is loved! #HappyBirthdayCadence