Hi! My name is Linda Anderson, mother of Emma (Yes! Of Emma Lyn Designs), Grant, Brett and Scott. I am lucky to be married to my first true love for 31 year. I am a teacher at Bethel High School, Coordinator of the Bethel Educational Summer Programs and Founder/President of The SCOTTY Fund, a non-profit local charity.
Who/What inspires you?
I am inspired by my husband, who is a self-employed business owner with an incredible work ethic; my children who always amaze me with their kindness and generous spirit; my friends who are smart, talented, thoughtful and giving; and the community in which I live.
What’s in your purse?
I carry my Emma Lyn design clutch everywhere I go! It holds my credit cards, cash, receipts, cell phone, lip gloss and gum. When I’m going off to school, I always put the clutch in my large ordinary tote (hint, hint… waiting for Emma Lyn to design a fabulous patterned tote bag)
Go to drink:
I love Starbucks Passion Fruit Lemonade (and have gotten pretty good at making my own blend!)
Favorite way to unwind or relax:
I enjoy reading a good historical fiction book or taking a walk with my husband.
We all face different challenges in life and business. What is one obstacle or challenge you had overcome, big or little? What is one tip you have on staying positive when things aren't perfect?
To understand my challenges, you need to know my background. When my son Scott was two years old he was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer. He went through nine rounds of chemotherapy, three surgeries, 12 radiation treatments, a bone marrow transplant and many (too many to mention) painful and invasive tests. Scott died from the cancer just after his third birthday. During his treatments, we received tremendous support from family, friends, and even strangers in our community. There were fundraisers for Scott, hot meals delivered to our house every night, treats for Emma and Grant (so that they did not feel left out while we were at the hospital for days on end), and many prayers. When Scott passed away my husband and I knew we had to do something to help others as we were helped. We started the SCOTTY Fund, Inc. (www.scottyfund.org) as a way to honor Scott’s memory, to give back to the community for all they had given to us and to turn something that is so incredibly painful into something positive. Over the past 21 years, The SCOTTY Fund has given out over one million dollars to children with life-threatening illnesses. The SCOTTY Fund has paid medical bills, mortgages and other household bills, travel expenses, child care and other ancillary costs due to the illness. We purchase and wrap holiday gifts and deliver nightly meals as well as special holiday feasts.
Twenty years later, I still cry. There is no pain greater than losing a child. After Scott died I used to write in a journal each day… one thing I was grateful for that day and focus on that one thing. By doing that I soon realized that while I had a devastating loss, I have so many things to be truly grateful for each day. I know that I am blessed…. blessed to have a wonderful family and good friends; blessed for the support of The SCOTTY Fund by so many giving and kind people in my community; blessed for having been Scott’s mom if only for three short years and that his legacy lives on in my work helping others through The SCOTTY Fund.
My “tips” for staying positive: Focus on what you are grateful for in your life, know that we all have choices- choose joy and happiness, and do something kind each day for someone unconditionally …. “For it’s in the giving that we receive”
What do you think is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
Since I know the difficulties of having a child with a life-threatening illness, the most rewarding aspect of the SCOTTY Fund is knowing that the help we give truly eases the burden of having an ill child. Many times, a parent must stop working to take care of the ill child. Knowing that our financial support and nightly meals allows parents to focus on their ill child, not bills and finances is a gift. The SCOTTY Fund’s assistance brings peace-of-mind to families at a time when peace is often difficult to find, and has brought myself and my family peace knowing we are able to help other going through a difficult journey.
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