NUTTY PUTTY CYCLERS - 9/2010 - Track the progress of Dan Petersen(Emily Jones’ brother), Jonathan Miller (Emily’s cousin), and Eric Maughan (Family friend), as they cycle across America to raise money and awareness for a special charity that is helping widows. The idea to help the John Jones family after his death in the Nutty Putty Cave is happening right now. Check out their blog for details and ways to donate to their cause.
EXCERPT FROM THEIR WEBSITE - “On November 25, 2009 an unexpected tragedy turned my life upside down. My sweet husband of 3 ½ years, John Jones passed away in a caving accident. Of course I was devastated. At the time of his passing our daughter, Elizabeth was 13 months old, and I was a few months pregnant with our second child. John was a second year medical student at the University of Virginia, so the money we had saved had long been spent on tuition, and we were barely getting by on student loans. I was heartbroken, lonely, and afraid. I didn’t know how I would ever be able to provide for our family alone.
In the months that followed I was amazed by the love and support poured out on us by family, friends, and even perfect strangers. People from all over the world sent donations, gifts, and letters of encouragement. I was touched by the overwhelming goodness of so many people, and despite the heartache, I felt very blessed. Our story was very public and our support group extensive, but I wondered how widows and widowers who grieved alone managed to make it through such difficult times.
A few months ago my little brother, Dan told me his plan to bike across the country with his friends and raise money to help me afford to go back to school. As we discussed it I mentioned my concern that there were widows and widowers out there who hadn’t been showered with support as I had, and we tried to come up with a way that Dan’s bike trip could help more people than just me. After some searching Eric found the Liz Logelin Foundation, and we all agreed that we’d like to support them in their efforts to help those who had recently lost a spouse.
I never expected anything like this to ever happen to me. No one does. It’s been six months since I lost my best friend and the love of my life, and everyday still feels like a marathon – trying to find joy in life and be the best mom I can without my John. I’m so grateful for the genuine goodness of people, the selfless giving that has given me hope for me and my kids. I want to thank my little brother and his friends for what they are about to undertake, the Liz Logelin Foundation, and all those who are willing to sacrifice to make a lasting difference in the lives of those with aching hearts and honest needs.
Sincerely, Emily Jones