Lisa Holley is the founder of Holley’s Hope, an extension of Addi’s Faith Foundation that focuses on supporting families who have lost a child. She is an amazing asset to AFF and we are thrilled to walk along side her and her mission of providing healing to families affected by the pain of losing a child. Lisa can be found at most AFF events wholeheartedly giving herself to our mission of ending childhood cancer.
My Personal Story:
I’m a 1969 baby, so this year is the big 5-0! I welcome birthdays as a way to celebrate the miracle of every life! I see getting older as the blessing of wisdom.
I am a Kingwood original and have and raised my two children, Christian and Cassie, in Kingwood as well.
I’ve been married to my husband Jim for 31 years. Jim and I met in college and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University together. Jim is the head football coach for Porter High School and has previously coached at Kingwood High and Kingwood Park High.
I have worked for Insperity for 22 years and currently serve as the Manager of Learning and Development.
I enjoy being outdoors and love to spend my time gardening, bike riding, and nature walking. The thing I have truly made a hobby of is being a Nana and spoiling my two precious granddaughters, Elyse Jo and Elaine Ruth!
A fun fact that others might be surprised to know is that I was once a competitive figure roller skater in my youth and I still love to roller skate!
How I became connected to Addi’s Faith Foundation:
My family was a recipient of AFF assistance during my son Christian’s diagnosis and treatment of glioblastoma brain cancer in 2011. Christian was 20 years old at the time and in his junior year at North Texas University studying Economics.
When we reached out to AFF we found out that Christian was once a student of Tony Bender’s at Elm Grove Elementary. The Benders were also close family friends with Tracy Ferris, Christian’s first grade teacher. He was so excited when they brought Mrs. Ferris to visit him during chemo-treatment.
Sadly, Christian lost his battle with cancer on November 28, 2011, just six months after being diagnosed. Our family is forever grateful for the loving support we received from AFF and the entire Kingwood community during that difficult time.
After our son passed away, I wanted to give back to all those that helped Christian and our family. Through Addi’s Faith Foundation, I found a way to do just that.
Being a part of AFF’s mission is such an honor. They are making a difference in so many ways by helping to take off some of the financial burden families find themselves in when thwarted into a daily schedule of appointments for their child. AFF’s partnership with MD Anderson is keeping important pediatric research moving forward so that one day we will have that cure. The scholarships that Addi’s Faith
Foundation has awarded to former brain tumor patients is showing those survivors that we believe in their future!
I love volunteering for AFF! They make every event so much fun to be a part of. It’s fun for the entire family to get involved. Our team “Holley’s Hope” has participated in the annual Walk By Faith 5K for the past 7 years. It’s an annual event that I always look forward to enjoying with my family and friends.
Jim and I are also proud Sunshine Circle members. It is the most convenient way to join arm in arm with AFF and support their mission by an automated monthly donation. No amount is too small! When we join in a collective effort, each of our small donations come together to make a huge difference!
When you see the faces of those kiddos on the AFF newsletters and at events, it truly makes your heart smile to be able to play a role in helping them out.
Thank you AFF for the honor and privilege of being a part of your team! You are forging the way ahead in the fight against childhood cancer and I feel so blessed to be one of many supporting you and running the race with you.