58 Years Filled With Love
On July 24, 2013, Leann Boullion, one of the founders of Michigan From the Heart passed away at age 58.
They were certainly 58 years filled with love, devotion and dedication to making the world a better place. She will be greatly missed by her husband Ed and daughter Channon but in addition the thousands (yes thousands) of people whose lives she touched.
Leann was really the queen, the matriarch and the heart and soul of Michigan From the Heart.
“Do you know Leann Boullion?”
I can’t tell you how many times when someone recognized me being associated with the organization they would immediately inquire, “Do you know Leann Boullion?” Which was then always followed by a tale of Leann’s involvement with their family beyond just the Thursday night visits.
From providing assistance, making extra visits, bringing gifts or games, reading to kids, it was always something to help a family get through a hard time.
Not every story has a happy ending
Something we rarely talk about is that, unfortunately, not every story at Mott has a happy ending. There is often pain, anxiety and sometimes loss. Professionals will advise in these type settings not to make emotional attachments. But Leann could never do that, and those losses hurt her deeply.
I think that defined Leann more than anything else. She loved these families and children and often would have to fight off depression to begin revisiting the hospital again.
It was never about photo opportunities or publicity with Leann, it was about caring for people going through a difficult time. Some might say this attachment was unprofessional. I would call it admirable. Her efforts were truly valiant and pure.
What would the world be like if we were all like Leann?
Leann will be missed but she will never be gone. Her spirit will inspire us to continue our work at Michigan From the Heart, assisting families in need at Mott and helping our Michigan student-athletes grow and mature.
But I think as with most great people we have an opportunity to meet in our lives, we will try to be a little bit more like them. Unselfish, giving and caring for others. What would the world be like if we were all like Leann?
In her honor, let’s try.