On April 16th, Emalyn Deak, our Training Coordinator, lost someone very near and dear to her - her grandfather Robert Thompson. Emma’s grandfather was one of her strongest supporters, especially of her work with Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB). When asked about her grandfather, Emalyn had this to say:
“My Papa was always really good about being the best grandfather. Even when life threw him curveballs, he always managed to support and love his grandchildren with all his heart. His support for my future profession and work with CBOB was no exception. When I first told him about my internship and my trip to Colombia, he was quiet and quickly changed the subject. While at the time I thought he was weary about my future endeavors, I later learned that he was in such awe of what I was doing that he was lost for words. At his funeral, my aunts and uncles shared with me that my Papa would not stop talking about my trip and my internship. Everyone who came up to me at the funeral said he was so proud of what I was doing and the mission of CBOB. For that reason, many people at his funeral decided to make donations to CBOB in his name. I am so thankful for my Papa's support and love even after he has passed.”
CBOB is incredibly fortunate to have Emalyn. Like Emma’s grandfather, we too are in awe of her talents, dedication and the constant support she offers not only to her fellow interns, but to the organization as a whole. She continually inspires us all to work harder and to achieve more every day. Children Beyond Our Borders is so blessed to have had the support of such a wonderful man and to have the opportunity to work with Emalyn who brightens our lives on a daily basis.
Children Beyond Our Borders would like to honor Robert Thompson and thank him for his contributions to our organization. His support of Emalyn’s endeavors has, in turn, become support for our entire organization and we are eternally grateful.