"Hope from Harper" charity to host Bootlegger's Bash
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Coping with the loss of a child is never easy. But one Southern Indiana family is using their grief to help others by drawing hope from Harper.
No matter where he goes, a piece of Brian Wehnemans daughter is always with him.
"She had this bracelet that I've worn since she passed away that is engraved with brave. She's still with us," said Wehneman.
In May of 2013, Wehneman's daughter Harper was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor a rare childhood cancer of the kidney. For two years, Harper battled the disease.
Throughout Harper's treatment, the family used "Hope for Harper" as inspiration during her fight. She lost that battle nearly two years ago. Now that she's gone, the message has changed, but the little girl at the heart of it remains.
"When she passed away we changed it to "Hope from Harper" so we wanted to take some of the hope she had and share it with others," said Wehneman.
The "Hope from Harper" charity was created in her name.
"Doing this has really allowed us to turn it into a positive and feel good about what we're doing," said Wehneman.
The group helps fund pediatric cancer research and provides support for families battling the disease.
"She loved to give hugs and so finding ways to give hugs be they physical or through support for people going through something like she went through or we went through i think would make her very happy," said Wehneman.
Last spring the family helped raise $75,000 for the St. Balderick's foundation, but they're not stopping there. Seven months after founding "Hope from Harper," the charity will host its first big fundraiser.
The "Bootlegger's Bash" is a 1920's themed party held November 6th at the Calumet Club in New Albany. The benefit will include drinks, dinner and dancing with proceeds going to the charity.
"She would love the idea of dressing up and going out on the town and having a party like this," said Wehneman.
Tickets to the Bootlegger's Bash are available here.
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