With much sorrow and sadness we announce the passing of Jason Bullard.

On Saturday June 8th Jason Bullard went to his eternal resting place, far removed from the pain and suffering he had endured over the past many months. Jason faced the life limiting challenges of a ravaging disease process on a daily basis with a courage and optimism that never faltered nor wavered. At the young age of 43 Jason was taken from this world much too early and had only just begun to fulfill the potential of which God had placed him to complete. As an extremely successful entrepreneur and businessman, Jason had touched the lives of all those that worked with him and the lives of many thousands whom his various operations, businesses and services had the opportunity to serve and care for. Whether as a friend or business associate, Jason will be remembered by all those who knew him in the highest esteem and as a person who always had a smile to share and a positive attitude towards life that was felt by all those around him. Fellowship and remembrance will be held from 6 to 8pm Tuesday June 11th, 2013 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. A service to celebrate his life is scheduled 1pm on Wednesday, June 12th at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church, 9507 Indiana Ave. Lubbock Texas and a reception to follow.

An additional service will be held Thursday, June 13th at 3:30pm at Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, Texas, with a graveside service to immediately follow. Please keep Jason’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

We all join in sending you our deepest sympathy and our heartfelt love,

Interim Healthcare Foundation

Tribute to the Life of Brianna Graves

On Thursday, June 13, 2013 Brianna (Bri) Graves said “Good-bye to family and hello to her Heavenly Father.”

The Interim Healthcare Foundation would like to take this opportunity to honor the life of Brianna Graves. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, June 18 at Calvary Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.

Tucked away in the midst of this little farming community a 23-year-old young woman lived in a converted garage at her grandparents’ house. Her only wish —a room where she can have some privacy and “call it her own.”

You see, Bri had an incurable disease of which less than 200 people have been reported in medical literature. Called “Vanishing Bone Disease,” the illness confined Bri to bed on life support. The bad news is that Bri knew one day, sooner than most, she her disease would kill her. The good news is that Bri got her wish before dying — her own apartment. Her quality of life skyrocketed and life took on new meaning and happiness.

One of our Foundation Board members, George Schwarz, wrote this about Bri in 2012 and we thought it fitting with her death:

“Brianna doesn’t ask for your pity. Nor do I.
But I ask on her behalf and on behalf of the millions of Americans who, especially through no fault of their own, suffer from all manner of ills that you pray for her and for them. I ask that you consider how we are called to help those who are the lesser of us, keeping in mind that when we do for them we do for Him. If that means making your own contribution to support a cause to fight a disease, fine. If it means visiting someone who is homebound and needs a friend, great. If it means you run a business and want to pitch in like those who help build Bri’s Chateau, wonderful. And, if it means not undercutting a government program that reaches out for the good of the community — or the country — consider that, too, as part of your recognition that when we do for them we do for Him.

Our boundaries of compassion can be limited only by our own hearts and imaginations.”

Through numerous news articles, Web stories, local TV news and by word of mouth, Bri was an “icon” for West Texas. She beat the odds for so many years. Her body paralyzed from head to toe, weight loss and limited only to controlling her computer and apartment appliances by a special implant on her lip, Bri could stay connected to the world — and that she did on Facebook and other social media!

Bri Graves was an incredible young lady who demonstrated that “the rest of us” really don’t have a problem in our everyday world compared to her everyday struggles to just make it from one minute to the next.

We hope you make a donation in behalf of Bri to the Interim Healthcare Foundation. Just click the “Donate” tab and make your gift in memory of Brianna Graves. There are sizable expenses the family has endured to maintain her apartment and would be warmly appreciated. Don’t miss this opportunity to honor her life with a memorial gift.

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