Surviving the loss of a baby is almost certainly one of the most difficult things any parent must endure. It’s awe-inspiring to just see how some parents get from day to day after such a devastating event.
But there are those who turn their personal tragedy into an effort that can help others who have endured the same or a similar experience. People like Bo and Ellen Boyer, the brother and sister-in-law of Luke Bryan and wife Caroline.
Luke’s fans have been following the story since the birth of Bo and Ellen’s daughter, Sadie Brett, in July 2016 and offering their fervent prayers since the couple, along with Luke and Caroline, shared the news that Brett had congenital heart defects (CHD).
Sadly, the Boyer and Bryan families said goodbye to baby Brett in February 2017, but the little girl’s memory is being honored with their continued efforts for a charity her parents started, the Brett Boyer Foundation.
Caroline shared a repost on her Instagram page on March 2 where a note from Ellen explains the organization’s mission. It says, “We started the Brett Boyer Foundation in attempt to improve the treatment of CHD and to spread love and awareness of Down syndrome. It all started as we were blessed with our daughter Brett, “our queen bee” … My husband and I were uneducated on DS and CHD, and realized how much of our world is in the dark about the underfunding of research to improve the lives of those living with both. Our mission is simply to pour out the love that Brett filled us with. After living through a scary diagnosis we knew nothing about, to finding the greatest joy in our beloved daughter, we feel called to shed light on the incredible people with an extra chromosome, and also to provide research for better lives of the one in 100 children living with CHD. – Ellen @brightforbrett”
The post goes on to say, “Big things are happening in the CHD world. Queen Bee will move mountains and change the lives of children born with congenital heart defects and Down syndrome. Follow the Brett Boyer Foundation to stay tuned for an amazing introduction video and much more! #brettboyerfoundation #queenbee #chd #ds #downsyndrome #1in100 #extrachromosome #worldofbrokenhearts”
Congenital heart defects are common among children with Down syndrome. As many country music fans know, Indiana Feek, the daughter of Joey+Rory, was born with a hole in her heart; however (and thank God), as she grows, the hole is becoming smaller.
Caroline started “Brett’s Barn,” a refuge for rescue farm animals, to remember the precious niece that their family lost too soon. While no official plans have been announced for the facility, the barnyard has already hosted some little animal lovers for private visits.
Our thoughts are with the Boyers and Bryans as they bravely forge on.