GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Theresa Bloom, a resident of Grand Junction, founded “Bloom Where You Are Planted Fund” to help the youth of Grand Valley and honor the legacy of her late husband, Karl.
“He wanted others to understand the importance of giving back,” Theresa said. “That we don’t live by what we say, but we live by what we do and how we act in the community.”
Theresa lost her husband, Karol Bloom, 37, in 2020 to a brain tumour.
The “Bloom Where You Are Planted Fund” provides scholarships for students to participate in extracurricular activities.
“He has always been involved in working with young people through scouting, sports, as a parent of a group, through church activities and with his friend Zayn, who is his grandson” , Bloom explained.
The foundation aims to support the physical and mental health of children.
“Things that help students feel better about themselves to learn how to control their bodies, gain socializing with others,” Theresa said. “It’s just a great opportunity for kids that way.”
In addition to the fund, Theresa returned to school.
“One of the things that Karol and I had always talked about was that we were going back to school to continue our education,” Theresa explained.
Theresa decided to get her master’s degree shortly after her death. During her educational journey, she wrote a manual that deals with her loss and provides a space for the reader to fill in the information her family will need after her death.
Overall, Theresa says they are happy to be able to honor Karl in a meaningful way that gives back to others.
“He would be so proud, and I know he is so proud of his children and grandchildren and how they have cared for him and made a difference in the community and in the lives of so many. of children as they move forward,” added There is one. “Kids are our future, and he was so excited when we came up with the idea, and he chose this as a way to leave a legacy.”
The Bloom Fund has partnered with the Mesa County Valley School District 51 Foundation and has awarded more than $10,000 to 150 students over the past year and a half.
If you would like to contribute to the fund, you can visit www.trailblz.info.
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