#FultonFriday – Praying for and Financially Supporting the Poppe Family


Friends who are tuned into my work in social media will have likely seen the very sad news I announced on January 8th. The 4 year old son of one of our contributors at CatholicMom.com, Cassandra Poppe, was involved in a horrific burn accident. Here is a summary of what happened to little Fulton and his father Jay:

You are aware of the tragic events on January 8, 2013, leaving 4 year old Fulton with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on over 40% of his little body. Most of the burns were to his hands, upper body, head, and face. Fulton is a fighter! But, he has a very long road to recovery. His care requires him to be at Shriners Hospital in Gavelston, TX. . .far away from home. We don’t know yet exactly what recovery will entail. but we do know there will be many many surgeries he has to undergo, and up to 4 months in the hospital. Fulton’s care will require family members to be with him for extended periods of time, far away from home. There are five siblings at home who are without their brother and mother right now. Though he is receiving excellent care, the family will undoubtedly incur lots of expenses from medical needs, family travel needs, and other needs related to his care and recovery in a place so far away from home!

I apologize for not having blogged about the situation sooner – for me, it truly points to the unique caring of individuals combined with the awesome capacity of our online community to mobilize support quickly. I spent much of the past few days in correspondence with Cassandra’s family and rallying the troops to prayer. The response was swift and humbling. Offers of shelter for the family in Galveston, of meals, of “boots on the ground” support and most of all prayers. The Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation, Bishop Jenky and Msgr. Stanley Deptula have Venerable Sheen devotees around the country praying and offering Masses. Father Robert Reed of CatholicTV has invoked prayers from his nationwide audience. And so many of you begin and end your days with prayers for Fulton and his whole family.

One of the most stunning and reaffirming signs I had this week was a late Wednesday night call from a Catholic woman named Diane, living in Galveston. A “two degree of separation” friend of mine on Facebook had notified her of the situation. Diane jumped off the bus from her commute home from work, headed straight to Shriner’s Hospital, and was waiting on the ground when Cassandra and Fulton arrived in Galveston. Diane doesn’t know this family, but she was there to offer hugs, emotional support and to pray with Cassandra as Fulton was checked into the hospital that will be his home for the next six months.

At the moment, along with praying for this family, the most important thing we can do is to help them raise needed funds that will see them through the next several months. A funding page has been established at www.GiveForward.com/PrayForFulton. Today, on our friend Matt’s Swaim’s #FundingFriday, I am asking you to make a donation to this cause to aid the Poppe family and to ease their burdens. The funds that are being raised are likely only a drop in the bucket of what the family will need, but they send a strong sign that we are here for one another when it matters most. Please prayerfully consider a small donation today!


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

1 Comment

  1. Kathy Szymanski on

    Thank you. Prayers go out for the family. It truly must be devastating for all of them. Life will go on, and they will survive and thrive, and come out the other side of this more faithful, but getting there will be terribly challenging. Our prayers and fasting will help.
    Choose God,

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