Mile 4 Miles

Miles truly was/is such a loving and caring boy. He was always so helpful, giving and very kind to others. He truly cared about others and their happiness.

Almost two months before Miles passed away we were at Primary Children's Hospital as dear friends were having their forth child, Leo. But this was no normal delivery. Sweet Leo was diagnosed with a heart condition that was very serious. He spent the first 6 weeks of his life in the hospital.

Miles and Vivian weren't allowed in the unit that Leo was in due to health percautions. So as I visited Leo and his amazing parents Mark, Miles and Vivian spent time wandering the grounds of the hospital. They found themselves spending most of their time by the water feature in the front of the hospital. Mark had asked me for some pennies before I went in as he wanted to let the kids throw them in and make a wish. As Mark and the kids were taking it all in, thinking of wishes, Miles looked over to see another little boy with his father admiring the water. This little boy was a patient at the hospital. It seemed he needed some fresh air and somewhere to take his mind off his struggle. As Miles watched this boy he noticed he was down in spirits. Mark made no mention of this little boy to Miles, our sweet son recognized his struggles himself. Miles then approached Mark and asked him if he could give his penny to the little boy. Mark was so impressed, and of course told him that would be very sweet. But Miles was so shy he wanted Mark to give the penny to the boy. Mark then encouraged him to do it himself. So Miles shyly approached the boy and asked him if he wanted to make a wish with his penny. Mark said that little boy's face lit up instantly, along with his father. Miles was so happy himself and of course Mark was a very proud father at that moment. Miles ran over to Mark with the biggest smile on his face and gave Mark a hug. Our sweet son impacted and brought happiness and joy to another with something as simple as a penny. That was our Miles. He truly loved making others happy.

When Mark told me the story my heart melted and I immediately gave Miles a giant hug. Miles was so happy and smiled and giggled as I hugged him and told him how sweet that was of him.

As Miles' passing date is upon us tomorrow many people have asked us what we are doing. Many want to support us and reflect on Miles. So we would encourage each of you to go the extra mile and do something good for another in behalf of Miles. A random act of service for another. The sky is the limit on what you could do, so use your imagination and think of how you could help bring a smile to another tomorrow. We would love to see what you have done so take a picture and hashtag it #mile4miles. (I know I'm a hashtag hater, but for this it makes sense, as this is what they are intended for right.)

We hope that as you serve others tomorrow you may feel the warmth of the spirit within you and that you may feel Miles smiling down on each of you! We love you all, and yes even those we have never met!!! Thank you for all your love, support and kindness over the last year. You have brought strength to us when we felt we had none. We can't wait to see what you all come up with!!! #mile4miles


  1. YES!! you are amazing. We will definitely be doing our miles for Miles! Can't wait!! Also I love that story so much. Miles is an amazing child and I'm so glad he got to meet Leo. I love and cherish that story and that Miles always kept Leo in his prayers. He is amazing! I wonder where he gets that from!?

    Stay strong (except when you need to not be) Love you all! XOXO

  2. What a wonderful story! I wish I could have met Miles. I love getting to know him through your blog.

  3. That is such a wonderful idea. I am hapy to participate and will be praying and thinking of your sweet miles and his family left behind. Hoping the day for you is made a little brighter from all the good that will be going on in honor of your MILES!!!
    Love you friend forever

  4. I can't believe its been a year! I think it is so great that you guys are making something good out of this. Miles is smiling down!

  5. I love this idea! I have no photos, but here's what our little family did:
    I took dinner to a friend who had surgery.
    Trey invited a new boy at school to play football at recess.
    Johnny shared his puzzle pieces at preschool.
    And we ate a bag of popcorn before bed in honor of Miles — he really was the sweetest boy. Love you, Andrae.