Two Years Ago Today

Two years ago today, our family experienced the most painful day of our lives. We lost the precious little boy with the brilliant smile you see above – our son, brother, and friend. Not having him physically with us hasn’t gotten any easier; pangs of longing to hold him haven’t gotten any duller.

But today, we marvel and rejoice at how much Jonathan’s enduring spirit continues to help us accomplish. During his all too short life, he showed us how to be kind, how to be positive, and how to reach out to others in need. Even though we cannot see him, he continues to make waves of good that ripple outwards.

Because of Jonathan, the medical team at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and our family visited Mongolia, one of the places Jonathan most wanted to visit.  Because of Jonathan, Dr. Sandler and the Wolfson medical team are helping the doctors at Mother & Child Hospital build a pediatric oncology program and will be returning again next year to further the project.

Jonathan’s kindness, compassion, and desire to help others are qualities we want to spread as far and wide as we can. He inspires us all to be better; his presence in our lives has forever changed us.

If you would like to contribute to the next trip to Mongolia, you can send your donation here:

Kerrie Slattery
Development Director, Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Baptist Health Foundation, Inc.
841 Prudential Drive, Suite 1300
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Please note that your donation should be earmarked for Jonathan Soud / Mongolia Mission.

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  1. Moya

     /  September 18, 2012

    Dear, precious, precious Jonathan. Your brilliant, infectious, uplifting smile. We miss you so much.

  2. Caitlyn Newman

     /  September 19, 2012

    Jonathan- I can’t believe it has been two years since I last saw you. I think about you and your family and your family is still in my thoughts and prayers. I was so happy to hear about the Mongolia trip and see pictures of everyone. It was such an honor to take care of you and your sweet spirit and smile will always hold a special place in my heart. I miss hanging out with you and your dad talking about soccer and sports in your room home away from home.

  3. Rita Browning

     /  October 23, 2012

    I am so glad to know Jonathan through his family and their outreach to our beloved Mongolia. Life is short for us all and may we honor Jonathan in these days with a continued effort to touch the lives of Mongolian children in the pediatric oncology department. It is a privilege…Rita Browning


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