This week we received news that a parent of a student in my class has passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly. Pierce’s father, Christen Adams, passed away just a few days ago during a break in his shift at the UW Medical center. He was thirty, and just about to finish his residency to become an anesthesiologist, and his wife was following with completing her residency and is expecting their second child within the next few months. Pierce, my student, just turned three yesterday. My heart aches for him and his family; there’s no other way to describe it. Though he is too young to remember the days surrounding his father’s passing, I hurt for how his life will be impacted, what his mother must be going through, and for my coworkers. I am honored and blessed to be his teacher and support him in anyway that I am able to, but I’m struggling to keep it together. Pierce still remains with a smile on his face, and I can’t help but tear up every time I look at him. I am honored to belong to such a warm and supportive community, as this loss is felt throughout our entire school, and I am comforted knowing we are doing everything possible to support Pierce’s family around this issue. I am especially comforted with his mother’s updates, knowing she is staying strong and is aware of the community to which they belong.
I don’t feel comfortable enough broadcasting this on facebook, so I’ll leave here the website that’s been set up to provide for Pierce’s family via donations. Feel free to send emotional support by signal boosting this post. Any donation will help his family during this trying time.