Archive for March, 2014

What is the WLF Mission?

March 9th, 2014
Wyatt "Pie Man" Leamon

Wyatt “Pie Man” Leamon

We’ve gone back and forth, up and down, and all around on this.  What is the mission of the Wyatt Leamon Foundation?  And you know what, I think on any given day it’s been several different things.  Here’s a list of some of them…

  • Educate the public on the dangers of antibiotics
  • Help parents understand natural alternatives to ear infections
  • Preach the power of Chiropractic for kids
  • Dangers of our food system
  • Dealing with the loss of a child
  • Organ donation
  • Etc.

But here’s the thing, it’s none of the above even though all of the above factors into what we have to say to people.  And as much as we love talking and educating about all of those topics, the thing that we have to offer as our mission above all else is an amazingly tragic story that can truly help others.

So what is the Wyatt Leamon Foundation mission?

It’s simple: Our mission is to tell the story of Wyatt “Pie Man” Leamon which tells the tale of a 9-month-old boy who was prescribed a common antibiotic for an ear infection and subsequently died of liver failure because of it.

How all of you apply the lessons learned from this tragic story is entirely up to you.

For more info, please visit the Wyatts Story page and watch or read about this unbelievable little boy!

–Corey

Where’d the WLF Go?

March 3rd, 2014
Corey at CalJam 2014

Corey at CalJam 2014

So I admit.  We kinda fell off the face of the Earth since my last post which was what, a year and a half ago?

A LOT has happened since then.

  • We launched a huge website called Wyatt’s Wellness World.  (It totally bombed btw, more below and in the future)
  • We spoke at Cal Jam 2013
  • We got word that maybe, just maybe Wyatt will be featured in a future wellness / health documentary
  • We have been dealing with Wyatt’s big brother’s continued management of diabetes
  • I got a new job managing our online product at Intuit TurboTax (shameless plug, www.turbotax.com)
  • Trisha got a new job (while working a full time online class schedule for her Family Therapy credential)
  • The twins somehow grew into big boys right before our eyes
  • We fixed 6 years of tax / IRS craziness thanks to a dumb tax attorney who epic failed us about a year after Wyatt passed
  • We became obsessed with Thirty Seconds to Mars and actor Jared Leto who just won an Oscar for the best movie of 2013 (Dallas Buyers Club), woo-hoo!
  • We somehow became integrated into one of the coolest music scenes in Las Vegas

So yeah, we’ve been busy.

But you know what, busy is not what kept us offline for the WLF.  We still have so much passion and desire for our little foundation.  And as we sat in the audience for Cal Jam 2014 this past weekend, I realized that we just hadn’t come to grips with the fact that our Wyatt’s Wellness World project crashed and burned (in short, we jumped too big and too quick into an industry that is already fully locked and loaded and our message was lost) but it didn’t mean we couldn’t do amazing things with our story and subsequently, our foundation.  Regardless, coming to grips with where we went wrong for the WLF is what kept us off the scene for a while.  Sure we made appearances, but we’re definitely hungry to do so much more.

So starting today, we’re gonna take it old school.  Keep it simple.  Move forward with the basics.  What we have to offer is an amazingly tragic, but critical story.  Something to share with other people that can help them better the lives of their kids and families.  We are living proof of what that looks like and we believe that simply rallying around telling Wyatt’s Story as loudly and proudly as possible will help others do the same.

That’s all for today, but rest assured, there’s more to come and we’ll start posting a bit more frequently.  Less about politics and more about Wyatt’s Story and the impact it had on our lives.

Stay tuned!

–Corey