INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - One of the biggest challenges a mother can go through is taking care of a family with a chronically ill child. Very rarely do moms get any time to pamper themselves.The Gary Brackett IMPACT Foundation aimed to change that.
"Women come in here and they are going through hell, you know? Their child is sick and they don't know what to do and they don't know which side is up," Gary Brackett said, who heads the Gary Brackett IMPACT Foundation.
Around 150 women were honored at the Tend-Her Heart luncheon at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The event gives mothers a break, a network of support and also a chance to focus on themselves for a brief moment.
"It means a lot that Gary has thought about the mothers and to actually allow us to take a break, relax and just enjoy other mothers that are going through this experience," Christina Lewandowski told 24-Hour News 8. Her daughter had leukemia.
"We spend a lot of time caring for others, our children, our families and really don't take a break for ourselves and this really allows us that time to build ourselves up."
The moms selected all have children who are or were in area hospitals for chronic illnesses. They went home with a bag full of goodies so they can continue to pamper themselves after the luncheon.
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