Our Growing Family
Life after Claire has been difficult, but filled with many blessings. Shortly after the foundation began we welcomed our precious son Derek Michael Parker in this world.
Derek Michael was named after two important men during our battle with Claire. Derek Icenhour was a young man that lived at Duke Children's Hospital with Claire. Our families forged a special bond throughout both children's journeys. Derek was an inspiration to all who met him. A teenager who placed others ahead of himself by answering God's calling to be a friend among children battling illness. Our hearts were broken once again when Derek passed away a month after Claire.
Dr. Michael Deel was our oncologist who fought, prayed, and cried with our family. His kind and gentle demeanor made it easier to navigate through the treatment process while having open and honest discussion about Claire's prognosis. Cancer presents many challenges, but there are blessings along the way. These men truly changed our family.
Our Derek Michael is an energetic, loving child who shows glimpses of his sister every day. His joy for life is contagious and he will never know how much pain he helped bring us both through. Derek is happy to welcome his baby sister Sarah Jordan into this world in March 2017. God knew that bringing a daughter into this world right after Claire's death would have been difficult. His timing is perfect as we have prayed for Sarah the past two years. While our family will continue without Claire here in the present, we hope to show our two growing child how special their older sister was to all who knew her.
The Growing Foundation
Our initial goal was to pack care boxes for Duke Hospital and have a small operation. God quickly gave us more.
Nine short months after starting, Claire Parker Foundation expanded into five children's hospitals in the region. What started as a simple idea has grown into an organization that services almost 300 newly diagnosed families each year. Our box program has grown into a streamlined product that is consistently requested at our partner hospitals. Additionally, we have added other quality of life programs to the services we provide.