Heartache and Hope in Haiti

Heartache and Hope in Haiti

The Britney Gengel Story : Making Our Daughter's Last Wish Come True

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Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of the Gengels' loss of their nineteen-year-old daughter Britney in the January 2010 earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince and created widespread devastation in Haiti and how Len and Cherylann subsequently fulfilled Britney's dream of opening an orphanage for Haitian children by establishing and foundation to do just that.

Trimark Pr Inc
“The Gengels' story is one of triumph over tragedy, finding meaning in loss, and a purpose for moving forward.” - Senator John Kerry
When the devastating January 12, 2010, earthquake shook Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Lynn University college student Britney Gengel was among the five lives from the university lost in the rubble of the Hotel Montana. Britney was in Haiti with an organization affiliated with the university, Journey of Hope, volunteering at an orphanage. Just hours before the earthquake hit, Britney sent this text message to her mother: ”They love us so much and everyone is so happy. They love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all so appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.” The story begins on the day Britney was killed and brings readers full circle as her parents, Len and Cherylann Gengel, navigate their way through bureaucratic red tape on their often frustrating and always painful journey to recover their daughter s body and fulfill her last wish. The Gengels' unimaginable loss transcends into a powerful story of love and resilience, allowing readers a rare window into the inner circle of the heartache and pain of parents who have lost their child and in turn choose to fulfill their lives with meaning and purpose. 100% of the profits of this book will benefit The Be Like Brit Orphanage in Grand Goâve, Haiti.

Publisher: Deerfield Beach, FL : TriMark Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780984956845
Branch Call Number: 362.732 G287h
Characteristics: xx, 271 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Brozek, Gary
Gengel, Cherylann


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