The Lumin Foundation:
“Two years into my son Danté s battle with cancer. I found myself lost, depleted of emotional, physical and financial resources. I felt empty. I had no more tears and yet a mountain of sadness still left to cry out.
I prayed before I fell asleep to be rid of the heartache that was pulsing in my throat. I didn’t talk about how devastating it is sitting helpless next to a dying child’s bed. Seeing how bravely he is fighting. I coul’nt talk about it because there are no words that exist to describe the horror of it. I just wanted to be rid of the debilitating pain. I also wanted to have the peace of mind knowing that I can be right by his side fighting this dragon with him and not worry about bills and food and work.
I woke up just before 3 the next morning. Half asleep but wide awake I found a small canvas…2 hours later Lumin was born… and I cried for the first time in 16 months. She looked peaceful and content. Hopeful and beautiful.
My vision with Lumin is to start the Lumin Foundation. It will support families that is financially and emotionally effected by children with dread diseases. So that a parent can fully be present with their child in their darkest of hour and not worry about petrol and food and rent. Something just doesn’t seem right with the world that there are no support for these families.
I also not just want to give financial support but also empower these families to find their purpose and help them dust off their dreams. So to stay positive as much as possible and when everything goes black around you to keep your eyes on the light of your purpose, dreams and FAITH.
I wanted Lumin to become alive and be a representative of light and hope. That is why I wrote the book with Leandri. With each turn of the page I hope to encourage people to look with there hearts and not with their eyes. ” For we walk by FAITH and not by sight ”
Zandré du Preez
Creator of Lumin (aka Mother of Danté the Brave)
Title: Lumin finds a Lighthouse
Publication Date: October 2016
Children’s illustration novel.
The Lumin Foundation: More information to come.
Leandri and Zandre both resides in South Africa where they take on many things besides writing as a carreer. Leandri runs her own business called Ambient Designs and Zandre is a Jack of all trades and the creator of the Lumin Series the novels behind her foundation The Lumin Foundation which helps families with children diagnosed with cancer.
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