• South Sound mother turns grief into opportunity to give back

    By: Patranya Bhoolsuwan

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    Losing a child is any parent's worst nightmare. But one mother in Spanaway has turned her grief into an opportunity to give back.

    Sarah Walton launched her nonprofit, Love Like Crazy, last year.

    The foundation raises money to help families who are taking care of medically fragile children and those who have just lost a child.

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    Walton was inspired to start this effort after losing her daughter Ellie to brain cancer in 2017.

    “It’s like taking your grief journey and turning it into something good,” said Walton. “I wanted to help these families through their journeys.”

    Since the nonprofit launched last year - it has raised over $10,000 and covered the costs of three funerals.

    Walton and her team of volunteers also help families in need with everything from utility bills to gift cards to help cover expenses, while their children are in the hospital.

    “Watching a kid battle something you can’t imagine, it changes your life,” said Walton who also has a 10-year-old daughter named Ava and a 1-year-old girl named Avery.

    Walton said her foundation and her family are doing everything they can to honor Ellie, who never stopped fighting until the very end.

    Click here to learn more about Love Like Crazy and how you can help.

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