Sharing Serenity

We came to know Kyle and Jessica Davenport and their two wonderful children, Kruz and Paizlee, last year when they were forced to cancel their reservation the very day that they were set to arrive because Kruz was rushed into emergency surgery.  He later spent three days on a ventilator.  Kruz and Paizlee both suffer from a very rare, and fatal, genetic disease called Schimke Immuno-Osseous Dysplasia (SIOD).

Learning about the Davenports inspired us to start Sharing Serenity, a program that offers a beach stay at no cost to the family of a child/children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  This week, 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.

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.

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Kruz and Paizlee’s favorite part?  Shelling.  It truly is the simplest things in life that mean the most.

Our hearts are full.

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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 sent more than $700,000 along to Stanford 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.

—Leo Buscaglia