2013 Cure JM Mason Miracle Award

As presented by Rhonda McKeever to the Hume Family

The Hume Family

The Hume Family

My life changed for the better the day I met Mason, and over the years, I have had the privilege of getting to know Mason, the entire Smedley family, and their extensive group of friends in the Hillsboro, Oregon community.

Mason had so many gifts that he shared with everyone. Mason’s smile always lit up a room, and his sense of humor, his charm and his warmth instantly made everyone love him. While Mason unfortunately lost his battle with JM last July, Mason’s heroic spirit will live on, especially in the thousands of children with JM and their families.

Despite the rarity of JM, over 400 JM families across the world released red balloons the Saturday after his passing, all in honor of Mason. Balloons were released in Australia, Ireland, in the UK and all over the United States. Every one of these families was inspired by Mason and his great courage in the face of adversity.

Mason was and will always be a true hero and has made a difference in so many lives. Because of this, we have established a special award in his memory: The Mason Miracle Award. This award will be given annually to a special child or family who demonstrates the unfaltering courage, optimism and perseverance that Mason exhibited.

This is the 2nd year Cure JM has provided this special award. Last year, this award was given to Mason’s family for their exceptional support of Cure JM and sharing Mason with the entire JM community.  This year, we are awarding the Mason Miracle Award to Shari, Tom and the entire Hume family.

Shari and Tom Hume were the original co-founders of Cure JM. Today, they are still just as actively involved, if not even more involved, than they were ten years ago when they first had the courage to form Cure JM as a non-profit organization dedicated to support JM families.   At that time and still today, Cure JM Foundation is the only organization solely dedicated to awareness, research and support for Juvenile Myosiitis.

The entire Hume family “lives and breathes” Cure JM essentially every day – through their endless commitment of time to support so many JM families, their significant donations, fundraising and raising awareness efforts and their active involvement in the Board of Directors. What you may also not know, is that in addition to their lending their time and talents, their garage is essentially our Cure JM warehouse and even their family car has Cure JM license plates!   

I’m so proud to be here today to award the Hume family with this very deserved recognition for their ten years of unfaltering courage, optimism and perseverance in their leadership of Cure JM for the benefit of JM families all over the world.  I’ve been working side-by-side with the Hume family since 2006 – I can’t think of a more deserving family for this award -- I’m sure Mason would be very proud too!

Please join me in congratulating the Hume family.

Volunteers Honored at 2013 Annual Conference