Hudson Lais went to be with Jesus in 2016, shortly after his 5th birthday. Our family adopted the mantra Strong Like Hudson, because although his short life was spent battling debilitating medical issues, he was the happiest child. In life, we will all face our own challenges and heartbreak, but the real test is how you respond and overcome. He taught us there is a big difference in being broken-hearted and being broken.
Hudson’s body may have failed him, but his spirit never did. Since losing him, our family has made it a priority to spread love and kindness in his memory. Each year on his birthday, February 13, we spread “Happy for Hudson”. You never know how a simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. We believe the human heart can handle anything with the right support, and his legacy will continue to live on through us.
In 2011, we were newlyweds in the throes of promising careers and busy social lives—and expecting our first child. The pregnancy was normal until the 32nd week, when one night I woke up with a terrible stomach ache that, at first, we shrugged off as food poisoning.