As you know, my wife Laura and I worked hard to get this foundation off the ground to begin helping others. Development, however, has been on hold because Laura was re-diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma on Feb. 22, 2010. We decided to temporarily hold off on new projects or accepting contributions until she got well.
However, my wife Laura passed away from cancer this past Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010.
We have always said that we can start small and still do a lot. Like that of my mother Elizabeth Rosenquist, Laura's spirit inspired us all. So it is fitting that the foundation that Laura helped me create will now be called the Liz and Laura Foundation. I will continue on our mission to raise money to help other charities and hopefully begin our own direct involvement creating our very own charitable projects.
I want to share with you the details from the first charitable contribution we made with some of the money raised from our wedding. We helped send our good friend Gerald DelaCruz to Africa with the Hands of Hope mission. Gerald spoke at our wedding and has become a close friend to us and the Hands of Hope missions. While in Africa, the mission visited many orphanages and worked on maintenance and expansion of these orphanages. I plan to join and contribute on the next mission trip back to Africa November 2011.
You can read about Hands of Hope at their website, www.handsofhopemissions.com.
This is only our first contribution to one particular charity that we support. Soon we hope to contribute to other charities and even develop our own projects sponsored by our foundation.
For information about Laura and her Celebration of Life, visit For the Love of Laura here.
You can find her online obituary here.
Thank you for your continued support,