Ahead of Mother's Day, it is our great privilege to introduce you to Heather and Peyton and share their inspiring and uplifting mother-daughter story imbued with the spirit of Ubuntu.
Please tell us a little about yourself and your daughter
My name is Heather, and I have the privilege of being Peyton's mom. She made me a mom 14.5 years ago. She has a younger brother, Evan, and their Dad and I have been married 21 years this June.
In February 2022, Peyton was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer. She spent over 150 days in the hospital in the past year receiving treatment and underwent surgery to remove the tumor in her leg. Sadly, six months later, after her leg wouldn't heal because of radiation to the site, Peyton lost her leg. Praise God she didn't lose her life. She's a true warrior and amazes us all. We are thrilled to share that her last three scans were clear.
Peyton loves to run, play basketball, swim, and play with her two puppies, and most of all, she loves to hang out with friends and family and crafts and love others.
As a family, we hope to start traveling again. Dan and I lived in Australia for 1.5 years before we had kids, and we hope to take them there again one day! We like to shop small and try new activities out in our town, Spokane, Washington State.
How did you discover Ubuntu Life?
We found Ubuntu Life because I was looking for handmade gifts for the kids Peyton was in the hospital with. As luck would have it, an ad popped up on Instagram. I explored the company more and was inspired by the bracelets' mission and story.
How does UBUNTU resonate with you and your daughter?
We believe that the greatest gift we can share during our lifetime is LOVE, and when I saw those words on your bracelets, I got chills. We hope that others are encouraged by Peyton, her courage, faith, and LOVE, and find some fuel to be more courageous and live JOY-filled lives.