At the time, Ellyse was 19 and headed into her sophomore year of college. The current Foxie 105 FM (WFXE, Columbus, Ga.) Morning Show co-host found solace in a remote location of Danbury, Wis., where Faith's Lodge provides resort and hope to grief stricken families.
Feb. 21, marked Ellyse's daughter's seventh birthday and the national launch of The Amana Family Scholarship Award for whom the honor is named.
"I don't know how I would have made it through that period of life had it not been for my experience with Faith's Lodge," said Ellyse. "It helped me to cope in ways I cannot explain, so I'm sending families there to share the wisdom I've gained."
The goal of the award is to bring more awareness to the unique life saving serenity of Faith's Lodge, as well as to provide exposure and access to families who would not be able otherwise.
"We're so proud of our work with parents during such a dark time," said Kelly McDyre, executive director of Faith's Lodge. "Georgia's personal testimony is a wonderful gift, and we're looking forward to serving as many families as we can reach."
Faith's Lodge provides a place for parents and families facing the serious illness or death of a child to retreat and reflect on the past, renew strength for the present and build hope for the future.