Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Peyton's Promise

Eric and Molly Belling, Founders of Peyton's Promise
Eric and Molly Belling, Peyton's Promise Founders, and Peyton Belling's parents spoke to Kiwanis about Peyton's promise. They founded Peyton’s Promise, Inc., to honor and remember our son, Peyton Daniel Belling. While it is not possible to sum up Peyton’s life in words, he was our wonderfully energetic, deeply caring, 3½-year old boy who loved his family, Thomas the Train and the color orange. Peyton’s life here was greatly shortened by childhood cancer and Peyton’s Promise, Inc. was founded with the specific goal of utilizing donated proceeds for meaningful purposes that provide comfort and support to families going through difficult situations.

Peyton Daniel Belling was born on September 20, 2011. He had a strong personality with many little quirks. Even at a young age he knew what he wanted, set out to get it, and rarely changed his mind.On January 7, 2015, Peyton was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After a week of treatment, he returned home until he became worse and eventually was admitted to Riley Hospital.  On February 25, 2015 Peyton took his last breath.

Eric Belling said, "It is a strange feeling to leave the hospital without your child."  The grief process for families who have that feeling is one that can be helped with things and processes that Riley Hospital has developed.  One of the first things they funded was a memory box that hand or foot casts from the child could be preserved in.  The hospital had run out of money to purchase the boxes and was sending the casts home in towels.  Peyton's Promise first fundraiser gave money to buy the memory boxes.  Additional fundraisers have purchased bereavement books that help parents, siblings, or other relative  deal with grief; the Hope and Healing program at Riley; and Art and Music Therapy programs.   The current project is an app for the phone which would allow 24x7 support for grieving families.  

The 5th Annual Golf Outing is June 1 at Arrowhead Golf Course.  A luncheon is available to non-golfers preceding the golf at 11 am with a shotgun start at 1pm.  To sponsor a team or the event or register for the lunch go to https://www.peytonspromiseinc.org/gol.
  

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Greenfield Kiwanians perform service projects to help people and organizations. We also perform service projects to raise funds to support Riley Children's Hospital and many local charities.