Truth is Red*
The loss of child is one of the greatest challenges a family can face. When circumstance dictates that loss becomes a national media story, challenges increase. While the spotlight isn't welcome, it may be necessary to step into the spotlight, for the story to be told. Told with the measured pace of dignity. Told with the soft voice of compassion. Told with the red flame of truth.
My first introduction to Anastasiya Bolton, the journalist, was in the aftermath of the Platte Canyon High School shooting in Bailey, Colorado. She wasn't the first. Or the second. My family and I were interviewed by national media and local journalists. But as my family swam in an ocean of unknown, Anastasiya created the trust allowing a very special interview. My 16 year old son and his experience in the aftermath of losing a twin sister. And his story was told with dignity, compassion, and truth.
In the sixteen years since, Anastasiya the journalist has done a number of stories on the work of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation. She's not the only one. I've done dozens and dozens of interviews with local media across the country.
It's a little different with Anastasiya. As a journalist she was always more prepared. More insightful. She also gave me a gift. I got to know Anastasiya the person. Smart. Compassionate. Inquisitive. Funny. Articulate. And humane.
Now she's bringing her life experience to new audiences. Whether it's telling the story, or coaching how to tell it, there is no doubt it will be told well. That the red truth will be known.
Executive Director, The "I Love U Guys" Foundation
*(John-Michael calls Anastasiya "Red")