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When the darkness comes, keep an eye on the light – whatever that is for you – no matter how far away it seems. – Jan Berry
Here’s a story to make you smile.
Regular readers of this Blog will recall the story of Paul Hogan, the owner and Publisher of PPS Publications, which produces the Cannes and Singapore Daily News on behalf of TFWA as well as various aviation business magazines.
Paul and wife Stacey’s daughter Brontë was struck down with leukaemia in September 2006 when just eight years old. As she fought the illness, Paul channelled his efforts into raising money for a wonderful cause called Children with Leukaemia, raising over US$50,000 by running the London Marathon in 2007 and 2008 [he was also an incredible personal supporter during my own battle with a similar illness two years later].
Tragically, young Brontë [pictured above with her Dad) – after seemingly beating this cursed disease – relapsed in 2010. In March 2011 she passed away, at home in her own bed, in her family’s arms, surrounded by the people, things, and pets that she loved.
I attended the funeral a few days later and heard Paul give the bravest, most moving and heart-wrenching tribute and elegy to a child one could ever witness. It was a day of unbearable poignancy.
But, sometimes, out of darkness emerges light. This week I got a very different type of communique from Paul. I will let his words speak for themselves.
I am not sure that I told you about our ‘Project’. Queenie B. Hogan [pictured below with Paul and Stacey’s son Max] – 1.910g – was born at 12.53p.m September 12. Mum and Queenie both fine. ‘B’ is for Brontë, Queenie’s big sister who is always remembered and always with us.
Warm personal regards
Paul & TeamBron
There, I told you that you would smile…
Footnote: Paul can be contacted at Paul@pps-publications.com