We were so excited to cheer on “our” very own Patrick Ivison who represented the US in the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship where physically challenged athletes from 18 countries competed.  Patrick came in 5th in the world. IMG_0438

Cheering him on as well with a “huge” smile on her face as always was his mom, Jennifer. 

Despite being a single mom for over 20 years and raising two exceptional children, going to school on the side to become a pediatric nurse to give back to those who helped Patrick over the years, dealing with the devastating injury to her son at age 1 when a driver backed up over him on the sidewalk paralyzing him for life, dealing with cancer several years ago, Jennifer has never let her circumstances dictate her happiness or that of her children.  This photo was taken on Sunday celebrating Patrick, and on Monday Jennifer let the world know she was undergoing a mastectomy that morning for a very aggressive form of breast cancer.


Why, you may ask, does such a kind, generous, loving, amazing lady like this suffer so much in her life?   No one knows that answer but God, and Jennifer will be the first to tell you that if we don’t question God for why He blesses us so much even when we don’t deserve it, we shouldn’t question Him when He tests us.

I share this with you today to uplift you with whatever you may be dealing with.  Join me in praying for this brave mom!

And, as always, please make a difference in the life of a child today.





Linda Van Kessler, Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.