Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.
Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero.
Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes: outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
Lacey & Cody Boschert, Richland
Lacey and Cody work tirelessly to improve the life of their son, 4-year-oldPierce Boschert. Pierce has cerebral palsy.
After Pierce was born he was airlifted to Spokane on life support. After nearly a month in NICU, they were handed their beautiful baby boy and told, "This is your life now. Pierce will live with seizures and have no ability to function."
At first, it was devastating. That did not last long. Lacey and Cody were determined make a better life for Pierce.
Lacey worked constantly to research therapies and options that could make a difference for Pierce. Cody worked hard to financially support whatever therapies were needed. All while caring 24 hours a day for their fragile baby.
Pierce turned 4 in November2019. He has not had a seizure since October 2016, without medication. He has never been on a feeding tube, or had a serious illness. He moves independently and has some speech skills. He smiles and laughs and is very close to crawling. Everything Pierce can do is because his parents have worked 24/7 to find the answers and a way to provide them.
Lacey takes him to therapiesdaily, and then works with him at home to reinforce his abilities. Cody includes Pierce in weekend chores, even though it takes twice as long. They make and feed him quality meals (feeding him is a slow and demanding job), even though it would take only minutes feed him on a tube. They have created and run fundraisers to pay for therapies not covered by insurance (most are not and therapies are thousands of dollars). Lacey and Cody talk to him and interact with him as though he were any other ordinary 4-year-old. They read to him every single night and now he can turn the pages and repeat some of the words.
They truly understand his needs and support him in every way. Because of Lacey and Cody, Pierce is not an ordinary 4-year-old, he is extraordinary.
Nominator: Sally Underwood