This blog post holds a special place in my heart for my loving grandparents. They both suffered from Heart and Stroke issues, and I am so very thankful they both survived and I still have them here to this day (and many many more!).
My grandfather, whom I called 'Dad' until I was about 16 years old, suffered from a stroke in May of 1999. My mom, aunt, grandma and I were out of the house this day celebrating Mother's Day and this was before everyone conveniently had cell phones with them. We had no idea what had happened to my grandfather while we were out, but luckily my aunts boyfriend at the time drove over to our house to see my aunt and he found my grandfather on the ground. I don't think I have ever heard my grandma cry and scream louder than that day. I remember it so vividly like it was just a short time ago. Thankfully, my grandfather made great recovery with only having slight mobility issues with his left side and occasionally uses a cane to walk around. He's a trouper!
A couple years later, he retired and they moved back home to the Caribbean where the rest of my family lives. Who would turn down 30+ degree sunny weather everyday and amazing sandy beaches?! My grandfather has not left the island since they moved there, but my grandma would come back every year for a couple months at a time.
In August of 2009, my grandma required to have open heart surgery while she was visiting us here in Toronto. Since the surgery, she has not come back to visit us here. They are both very happy living back home with the rest of the family close by with them.
I can't be thankful enough to still have both my amazing loving grandparents in my life.
As I am starting another venture with two of my friends (more on that later), I thought it would be a nice idea to merge it into my business and connect it to a charity that is near and dear to me, the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The proceeds from the candles sold will go directly to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation in honour of my grandparents and all those who have been affected. It may not be much, but every little bit does help.
These candles are all handpoured by me with lots and lots of love. For more information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation, please click here.
These soy candles are available for purchased on our website by clicking here.
Thank you to everyone for your support!
Lauren and Family