Monday, May 15, 2006

Just wanted to report that at the recent Yaga's Children Fundraiser, they were kind enough to allow us to set up a table and we raised over $2,000. The YCF last year raised funds and purchased a defibrillator for Ball High in Ashlyn's name.

The foundation is really coming together and we have almost $22k committed to the effort. We have met some really great people who are in similar situations with loved ones and it has been good for us to try and find a positive avenue to channel our efforts.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this effort, I think Ashlyn is very proud of us.

PS - If you are interested in helping us reach our goal of $25k, please go to for donation information.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Thursday, 20 April 2006

On a very normal Thursday one year ago April 21st, we received a call that would drastically alter the lives of our family. While moving from class to class during TAKS, our daughter collapsed and died at Ball High.

Since that time, we have pondered the meaning of life and concluded one very important thing....there are no guarantees of tomorrow.

Life is a fleeting thing and our mortality is a given, yet many of us take this for granted and squander the time that we have been provided by our maker.

There are plenty of you that cried with us during those dark days and reassured us that better days are ahead. We have learned a year later that this is true.

We grieve for someone that offered the world so much, but left us with such unrealized potential....or so we thought.

We have learned of so many instances where her spirit has motivated others to go places where she may have gone herself if given the opportunity...and the time.

We look to her and her example, hoping for that extra bit of courage and motivation, confidence and compassion. Her potential is being realized every day through the actions of many.
In an effort to help others reach their potential, we have established the Ashlyn Would Go! - Foundation for Futures.

This is a legitimate non-profit foundation whose broad mission will be devoted to promoting education, raising awareness regarding cardiac diseases and supporting the surfing tribes of Texas that have provided us with some very broad shoulders to cry on.

The funds raised to date and all future funds will be invested through the Greater Houston Community Foundation and can only be expended to non-profit entities, i.e. schools, churches or other 501(c)3 entities.

We would like to thank all of you, and especially our brothers and sisters at Surfrider Foundation, Texas Chapter for helping to support our efforts and making all of this possible.

We are in the process of updating the website, so check back soon for updated info and other items.


Crissy & Joel Helmke