Brian Moorman P.U.N.T Foundation
griefHaven Founder and President
Gives Keynote and Facilitates Workshops
Brian Moorman and Susan Whitmore
--By Susan Whitmore
I had the honor and privilege of being with the beautiful families who attended the second annual Brian Moorman P.U.N.T. Foundation’s Remembrance Weekend in Ellicottville, New York. Where’s Ellicottville, you might ask? Well, it’s a long way from Los Angeles, but man oh man is it gorgeous! Snow on the mountains, golfers on the greens, and us in a ski resort with breathtaking views!
Brian Moorman was a 13-year punter for the Buffalo Bills and moved to Dallas to be the kicker for the Dallas Cowboys, where he currently resides. On May 2 and 3, my husband, Wendell, and I spent a beautiful and meaningful weekend with many families from New York who had all lost their children of various ages to cancer. I opened early Saturday morning by giving a PowerPoint keynote address, with the beautiful faces of love and sorrow sitting before me. Of course, Wendell and I understand not only the journey of losing a child, but of losing that child to cancer.
As the weekend progressed, tears were shed, laughter was shared, and the room was filled with love and joy. I had the honor of being invited into the lives of mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends, foundation volunteers and employees who are all taking the grief journey together, and what a life-altering weekend it was.
Thank you to the families who so graciously and authentically allowed me in. Thank you to the beautiful and loving Brian Moorman, who gives so much of himself to those in need, including visiting hospitals during chemo and radiation treatments, visiting people’s homes, and calling in the aftermath to lend his love and support when that child does not make it. You are truly an inspiration to so many who would never be where they are today without your generosity, kindness, and willingness to step into that abyss of sorrow with those in need. Most people who have not lost a child would never do such a thing.
To Gwen, the foundation’s executive director, and Bridgett, executive assistant extraordinaire, thank you for being the solid foundation who makes the magic happen. The untold hours upon hours that you put in is the main reason why that magic works. I know what it takes to run a successful foundation, and you are both quite extraordinary. The volunteers, of course, pull it all together and give of themselves over the long weekend.
Wendell Whitmore, Susan Whitmore, Gwen Mysiak and Brian Moorman
I hope you will ALL stay in touch, as Wendell and I both feel that we have a lot bigger family now that we have shared our “like hearts” with one another.
Here are photos from the weekend. Love and lots of hugs, Susan and Wendell Whitmore