We are more than conquerers fighting a battle
Meet the Golay Family. Their PKD journey started 4 years ago when their son Baron was born. The Golays found out that their son Baron was diagnosed with PKD, when Amber was 32 weeks pregnant. They discovered that she did not have any amniotic fluid left and that their son had kidneys that were filled with cysts. When a baby is given a diagnosis of PKD before they are born the chances or survival are not the greatest. The reality is some families do not get to meet their baby alive before they are born. The Golays experienced Baron being born into this world at 34 weeks, to experience only 4 days after his birth, the unimaginable, Baron taking his last breath while holding him in their arms.
Comforting others who are hurting, despite our hard times, creates hope, brings encouragement, and takes the sting of death away just for a moment. Baron's footprint has been forever placed in the heart's of his parents. By comforting others in their loss, it shows others their love that exists for Baron, it makes his legacy alive. Even though Baron lived a short life, he had a purpose. To show us how valuable and precious life really is. Through Baron's Bears, it not only helps others, but keeps Baron's memory alive by showing others that there is more to life than fighting the battle, but a life of joy to be lived.
I feel that the Lord chose Travis and I to be his parents and to speak of our struggles in order to be strength for others. Amber Goetze-Golay
Thank you Amber for sharing your story and being so strong in helping others in their loss. It is evident that Baron's life is touching the lives of many through his amazing parents! You remind me of Mandissa's song Overcomer because you have become an Overcomer!
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You're not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it's hopeless
That's when He reminds You
That you're an overcomer
Lyrics from the Song Overcomer by Mandissa
March is National Kidney Month. See how you can help raise awareness for PKD by taking the PKD Challenges by visiting www.pkdcure.org/31days. Do not let PKD overcome you, but overcome PKD by taking the challenges and making a difference! We would love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below!