I never could have imagined that when Lucas died at nine months old, his story would grow and change forever.
This year, October third will mark the anniversary of Lucas' death - he passed away from sickle cell anemia three years ago in Uganda.
To the world he may have been an orphan -but to me he was a son. Lucas has changed my life - made me into a better person. His story has impacted many - including his orphaned brothers and sisters in Africa.
This year will be the second Lights for Lucas celebration.
I invite you all to join in, all you need is a candle.
This year's celebration is in memory of Lucas, but also in honor of all the other babies waiting for a home, and a hope.
This past year I have realized that my heart's connections to African orphans comes directly from the fact that they are Lucas to the rest of the world.
Lucas never was adopted. he died waiting for a forever family. My heart aches to offer those little ones the same things that i wish i could have offered Lucas.
I want them to be remembered. to be cherished. to be prayed for. And to live with dignity while they wait.
This year, on October third, wherever you are, please join with me in simply lighting a candle for every child around the world that is living without a family to call their own.
I would also ask you to consider visiting the Lights for Lucas event page to make a donation to Sanyu - the baby home where Lucas was staying when he died.
All donations will go directly to our current project of providing Sanyu with enough diapers to change their fifty babies for a year.
These little ones deserve everything we would give our own children. They deserve everything i would have given Lucas, had i been given the chance to bring him home.
I truly believe we can change the world if we let our compassion move us to action.
Every baby deserves dignity, comfort, and love.
Visit Lights for Lucas to find out more about how you can get involved.