Loss of child spurs mother to create organization help other parents
DOWNEY Kim Jones took the most painful experience any parent can endure, the death of a child, and turned it into a mission to help others. The month after what would have been her son, Jamari’s 14th birthday, Jones founded the non profit group, Always a Mom Foundation. “God gave me the strength to start it,” she said in a telephone conversation Thursday. Jones, who has a surviving son, Treyvon, was speaking before the first ever Help to Heal a Heart 5K Run/Walk. at Griffiths Middle School, 9633 Tweedy Lane, on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the non profit Always a Mom Foundation, which provides counseling, spa days, house cleaning, unexpected flower deliveries, and more services. Jamari Ma Nike Adidas Shoes rqui Mintz was a student at Griffiths when he was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer in September 2010. He died months later on Christmas Day. He was 13. “The death of a child, no matter how, a short term terminal illness, or an unexpected death is something a parent is never prepared for,” Jones said. You don’t know how Nike Adidas Shoes you are going to make it through the next minute. There is no medicine or cure for the pain.” Jamari was diagnosed with an aggressive rare form of an adult type cancer called Cholangiocarcinoma. Only six percent of children are diagnosed with this form of cancer, she said. There was no sign of his illness throughout his childhood. “Through it all Jamari kept a smile on his face,” said Jones, who now lives in Los Angeles. “He had such a loving, kind and giving spirit. “He was concerned m Nike Adidas Shoes ore about others than himself. He left that spirit with me.” She wants to help all moms who have had to bury a child. “I want to help put a smile on their faces, and give them peace of mind, even if it’s just for a little while,” Jones said. Registration is $35 and includes a green goody bag, commemorative T shirt, cou Nike Adidas Shoes pons and access to the wellness fair. If you cannot attend, but would like to help, donations can also be made online.