McKenzie Family

Judy McKenzie tragically lost her husband to suicide on December 11th, 2023. He was her hero, her American soldier, the father of her beloved children and her whole world. She wants to bring awareness to mental health,  and specifically PTSD, as she shares her heart-wrenching story. Some of the many trials Judy has gone through in her life are, losing her mother, 3 brothers, 4 of her own children and many other close family and friends within a 5-year time span.  She herself has endured and suffered through Cancer with many years of treatment, the horrific Lyme disease, pulmonary embolism, all of which almost took her from this Earth. Her oldest sweet boy has both Down Syndrome & Autism, and is non-verbal. He needs constant care and supervision. She isn’t able to work outside the home or leave his side. She has always stayed home to care for her family while Dan served our country.

If you have the ability to help, it would mean the world to Judy and her children. It doesn’t take the horrific pain away, but it takes some of the financial burden away as she starts a new life raising their four sweet children on her own.

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When Walli Cases was created, owners Nick and Jenna Emery were recently married and both emerging from what they would describe as the darkest times of their lives. They are both passionate about reaching out to others in need because of the huge outpouring of love and support they received during their trials, including Jenna becoming a widow with an 8-month-old son and more recently losing her mother to cancer, and Nick going through divorce. When they created Walli cases, they wanted to help others feel the same hope and encouragement, and the Walli Gives Back program was created. Each month, Walli chooses a family to support.This quote by Natalie Norton sums up why they are both devoted to "giving back" to others in their time of need: "There is always a light. Find it. Follow it. And then turn around and shine it as brightly as you can for those still feeling their way through the darkness."

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