Foundation Formed in Memory of Fort Worth Child

Mom creates foundation to help families with sick children

By Kim Fischer
|  Friday, Apr 2, 2010  |  Updated 6:42 PM CDT
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Bella's Blessing

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Bella's Blessing will help families who experience a temporary loss of income resulting from a sick child.

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Bella's Blessing

After losing a child, a Fort Worth mom is on a mission to help other families with sick children.
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After losing a child, a Fort Worth mom is on a mission to help other families with sick children.

Lisa Adkinson said there are no programs available for families who experience a temporary loss of income resulting from a sick child. She decided to create Bella’s Blessing, a foundation that will assist parents with extra funds they need to get by.

"Dealing with the emotions when you lose a child or have a sick child can really just change your whole life and your perspective," Adkinson said.

In November, Adkinson's daughter, Bella, died of flu complications. Her daughter had pre-existing health conditions which left her at a high risk for any illness. The 16-month-old contracted the virus after she was unable to get a swine flu vaccination in the fall because of a vaccine shortage.

"She touched so many people while she was here, the short time that she was here, and we just couldn't bear to see that end," Adkinson said. "Bella’s Blessing came up as we held Bella in her last moments. We just felt it, it came to us and we said, 'There has to be something we can do to make this just a little bit easier for someone else.'"

Bella's Facebook fan page now has more than a thousand fans, and the foundation's Web site just launched.

The first fundraiser, a Harley Davidson motorcycle raffle, is in the works.

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