Couple celebrates new addition to family and nonprofit
SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane nonprofit celebrated a new addition Monday during a blessing at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.
Cody and Laura Brincken started Isaac’s Bookshelf in honor of their first son, Isaac. He was diagnosed with a rare syndrome and heart defect when he was born. The Brinckens spent countless hours reading to Isaac while he was in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).
“He loved to be read to. It was one of the few things we could all do together,” Laura said.
Cody and Laura hold tightly to those memories now. Their son passed away in 2018. He was just five months old.
“I am so thankful for the time that we had with Isaac. I wish that he didn’t have to endure so much hardship that he did,” Laura said. “But I’m thankful that he was so strong and courageous for us so that we could spend that time with him and get to know him and enjoy him.”
The Brinckens turned to their family and faith for strength in the months after their son’s death. They eventually founded a nonprofit in his name called Isaac’s Bookshelf.
The goal was to bring a bookshelf into Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital so sick kids and their families could pick out their favorite story to keep.
“It’s just been amazing to see how it has taken off,” Cody said.
Donations have flooded in since the nonprofit was founded a little more than a year ago. While it grew, so did the Brincken family. They welcomed another son into the world in January. His name is Luke.
“Luke also shares Isaac’s middle name. So they have the middle name Emzy, which is a family name,” Laura said.
Laura explained that Luke’s name also means light. She and Cody found that fitting considering he was a light to them during what has been a dark time at some points. Laura also noted that in the Bible Luke is known as a physician. That’s another symbolic connection between the newborn’s name and his brother’s story.
“Just sharing with Luke who Isaac was and that he has a big brother,” Cody said. “Even though he’s physically not here with us, he’s still present in many, many ways.”
Luke was there with his family as they blessed a second bookshelf for the nonprofit Monday afternoon. The new addition will be in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Learn more about donating new books to Isaac’s Bookshelf here.
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