June 9: Byron Thompson #MakingItPossible

                                              The story below is told through the voice of Byron Thompson's mother, Jane Thompson.

                                              The story below is told through the voice of Byron Thompson's mother, Jane Thompson.

"When our son was born his Nana made his first handmade quilt for his crib, whenever a new bed was required Nana made him a new quilt, Byron had never had a store bought quilt on his bed. In the spring of 2011 our son was diagnosed with ALS some of the most devastating news a parent can receive about their child.  Through this journey with ALS we as a family have received so much love and caring from his care givers, family and friends without this love we could not have gotten through this journey.

We thought what about the patients that do not have friends and family to step in and give that little extra love and support and so started a quilting journey. His Nana and I (his Mom) decided to make wheelchair quilts or lap quilts to be donated to ALS patients that need a little extra hug when they are going through a tough day. For three years I have also donated queen size quilts to raise funds for the Alberta ALS walks.

Before his passing in June 2014, his Nana gave him a new quilt that we sent to heaven with him to remind him how much love he received on his journey with ALS and hopefully our quilts that Nana and I make will give the receiver of that quilt a little special hug."