Commitment | To work closely with patients and families as they transition through a child’s illness providing both a brief respite during hospital care and long term memories for the family.
Responsibility | To provide tools, materials and guidance to empower patients to create their own writing. To be empathetic, respectful and cautious with our child-led interactions as to not cause upset to the patients.
Possibility | To give patients an age-appropriate written voice to their condition, and to provide families window to their child from a creative perspective.
Support | To positively influence the patient’s abilities to express themselves while serving as a means of support in guiding them skills through expressive writing exercises that inspire and ease the mind.
Little Legacies was founded with the hope of helping children, struggling with illness, find a voice. Through writing, we support them in telling their story. Our struggles can often give us the most profound understanding of life, and this is no different for children.
Meet the Team
It is not often an easy life that compels one to give of themselves to those suffering in some way. It was through loss and adversity that Leah realized the only thing that truly matters in this life is connecting with others and making a positive difference in their moment, their day, or their life. Being a writer, and leaning on her love of journaling to make sense of her grief, she realized writing was bringing her clarity and peace. But, her greatest teachers were her two young daughters. On the toughest days, they would bring such honesty and profound explanation for the tribulations they faced together. While Leah was over analyzing and grasping for answers, they often seemed to already have resolutions and she couldn’t help but take notice. Leah has a great amount of respect for children and believes what they have to say is just as meaningful as someone with more time on this earth. They too, have legacies to leave behind and their innocence brings truth to what we can sometimes not see as adults. Leah has experience with non-violent communication, Simplicity Parenting, Waldorf Education, child led activities, as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She graduated from the University of Denver.
Kim has always loved preserving moments and lives through photography. In many different photographic styles, narratives are told and unfolded, and a legacy becomes preserved through a collection of images, sometimes even a single moment captured with one photograph. It is this form of storytelling that taught Kim how important it is to understand people through their eyes and experiences. Perhaps she has been drawn to the protection of family memories by finding history minimal in her own family tree, but honoring an oral retrospection of a life allows that person to live on well beyond their own physical timeline. Kim has a generous and loving heart. She adopted two rescue dogs who endured the most unkind of lives. She understands they don’t have the tools or voice to express the scars and fears they have and has provided a safe home for them to test the boundaries of a safeguarded environment. It is this same compassionate heart that beckons her to work with children, who under extreme adversity, also need someone to understand the shoes they fill and give them tools to find a voice. Kim is a professional photographer helping families record legacies of their own. She graduated from Metro State University of Denver.