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An Opportunity to Thrive

Frank and Adrienne Johnson had been homeschooling for over 20 years when tragedy suddenly struck their family of eight: Frank was diagnosed with lymphoma.

HSF’s Ambassador Team in Arizona, where the Johnsons live, has been supporting the family through this crisis. Recently, Arizona State Ambassador Carol Gary reached out to Adrienne to get the story in her own words:

My wonderful husband Frank has been the sole provider for our family, which has given me the opportunity to homeschool our six children.

Last May, we received difficult news. After being progressively unwell for years and unable to work for six months, my husband was diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It was actually a blessing when he was finally diagnosed so that he could receive proper treatment. Unfortunately, by that point, we had depleted our savings and we were in a dire situation. My husband needed daily care and would continue to require help during his treatment.

A friend of mine told me about the Home School Foundation and how we might find some assistance through the organization. I spoke to our state’s ambassador, Carol Gary, and found immediate comfort in the fact that there was a charitable homeschooling community that was so compassionate. We filed for both financial assistance and a curriculum grant.

We were so grateful when we learned over the summer that we had been awarded the assistance we needed. It was such a relief to be able to pay bills, but most importantly, the grant allowed me to stay home and care for my husband and continue homeschooling.

It would have been traumatic for my children to suddenly be placed in school as their father went through his difficult treatment regimen Thankfully, we were able to maintain a semblance of normalcy and provide comfort to our children.

This fall, we also received a curriculum grant. As you can imagine, using money for things like a microscope, lab kits, and textbooks is not feasible when you are concentrating on more immediate things.

HSF has given us the opportunity to help our children thrive at a very stressful time in their lives. It has allowed my husband more time to recover and heal, and it has given us peace of mind. We thank HSF for the tangible assistance and care that they gave us.

“The Johnson family represents what so many struggling homeschooling families experience, and HSF is pleased to provide support to help bridge a portion of their needs during their season of crisis,” Gary said.

“Yet families in these situations do not usually have 100% relief from their situation simply because a grant has been awarded,” she added.

“Even as this article is written, Frank Johnson is coping with disappointing blood tests that threaten to derail his desired recovery. We ask that donors not only continue to support the financial efforts of the HSF, but also pray for the families who must continue to press on through their difficulties. Thank you!”

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