“Grief, I've learned, is really just love. It's all the love you want to give, but can not. All the unspent love gathering in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in the hallow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”
The Brett Boyer Foundation
The Brett Boyer Foundation was created in loving memory and in honor of our beloved niece Brett. Brett was diagnosed prenatally with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect (CHD). Brett battled this heart disease (atrioventricular septal defect ) for her 7 inspiring and incredible months of life. Our mission is to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and fund research to advance treatment options. It is also our mission to spread the love and awareness that Brett filled us with for the wonderful, capable people living with Down Syndrome.
After Brett passed away, I decided to keep a promise I made to her when she was about a month old...a white pony! We found the pony at a local animal rescue facility. Along with the white pony, we adopted another pony, goat and pig. Over the next few months, the barn continued to grow. The promise I made to Brett, for one white pony, quickly turned into a full blown miniature animal farm! Brett's Barn now has over 20 animals! We are discussing various ways of expanding and, hopefully, be open to the public someday. We love these animals and the amazing children that come visit. It's truly a special place and we can feel Brett's spirit there every single day.