Serenity Beach Rentals partners with one of our homeowners each year to offer a beach stay at no cost to the family of a child/children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. We were inspired to begin Sharing Serenity when the Davenports were forced to cancel their reservation last minute because their son, who suffers from a rare genetic disease, had to have emergency surgery. Reading about their family’s story has been a great source of inspiration to us.
Photos from Sharing Serenity vacations:
The Davenports became the first recipients of Sharing Serenity when they spent a few sunshine-filled days at Aledia by the Sea on Cape San Blas in April 2018. While here, I had an opportunity to meet them, and thank them for the profound impact they’ve had on my life, and surely the lives of countless others.
In 2019, we were honored to have partnered with Make-A-Wish Georgia, and the owners of Aledia by the Sea, to fulfill the beach vacation wish of this very special wish child, Brayden. His smile says it all, and is the very reason we began this passion project. By continuing to share what we have to give, we hope to bring joy to the lives of children facing critical illnesses, and their families.
Sadly, Brayden passed away on September 28, 2019, shortly after his joyful visit to Cape San Blas. Please consider making a memorial contribution to Hope House Children’s Respite Center of Southwest Christian Care – http://www.swchristiancare.org/respite.
Despite the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2020 and 2021, including making it impossible for families with critically ill children to travel, Serenity has remained committed to our mission to give back.
Serenity proudly sponsored The Color Wave: A Run for Education organized by, and for the benefit of, The Wave Learning Center. The Wave Learning Center is an educational center for the boys and girls of Port St. Joe, FL. The center operates year round and focuses on supplemental education, tutoring, and creative courses. Learn more at TheWaveLearningCenter.com.
In the summer of 2021, through a donation to Brave Like Wyatt (The Be Your Own Hero Foundation), Serenity was honored to have been given an opportunity to offer a full scholarship for a child with a heart defect or transplant to attend Camp Braveheart at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA. Camp Braveheart is a unique, residential summer camp providing essential medical care, treatment and fun for kids with heart defects and heart transplants. Visit BraveLikeWyatt.com to learn more about the wonderful things these organizations are doing for children and how you can support others to be #BraveLikeWyatt.
More about the Davenports:
Kruz and Paizlee Davenport, siblings in Muscle Shoals, AL, were born with a very rare, and fatal, genetic disease called Schimke Immuno-Osseous Dysplasia (SIOD). Their parents, Kyle and Jessica, have stepped into action, and made it their life’s mission to find a cure for all children with SIOD. Together, they are the Founder and Co-Founder of Kruz’n for a Kure Foundation, and with the love and support of a great community, they have raised nearly $1,500,000 to support SIOD research. They desperately need our help to continue the research that could prolong the lives of their children, and the lives of others. Visit http://www.kruznforakurefoundation.com/donate/ to learn more, and donate now.
There are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, who will need our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give.