Jena Beckman’s 17 year old son, Ty, passed away in April 2013 from CF. The funeral was such a tribute to her as a dedicated single parent raising four children, one with a deadly disease. She received no child support or alimony, but some how trusted God each day and never went hungry or without a roof over her family’s head. What was so amazing about Jena was her unconditional love for her son, even to the point of staying up all night long pounding on his back so she could break loose the fluid in his lungs. This didn’t happen occasionally; it happened every night for years and years. She would be awake tending to his needs all night long. In the mornings, she would then get up and get the other three children to school, then flop down on her bed while Ty was doing his computer work for school.
Ty knew his mother cared because she dedicated her life to keeping him alive. He was not supposed to live past 6 or 7 years of age, but because of her, he did. Jena continually researched about his disease and about holistic foods and medicines that would help him breathe better. She cooked special meals for him and she even attended nursing school until he became too sick for her to leave his side.
To Jena, taking care of her dying son and three other children was an honor and a privilege, never a chore or burden. What an example she is for parents today! Joy truly comes from dedication to serve our children and love them unconditionally. We are made to nurture and Jena did that with such amazing love.