“Dad was my hero. He didn’t have much, but he worked two or three jobs to make ends meet and give me as good a life as possible”
Candy is the proud daughter of a Vietnam veteran. She’s also one of the most resilient young women you will ever meet.
While she downplays the trauma of her childhood, the facts speak volumes. A mother struggling with mental illness since Candy was born. Raised for the first three years in a poor village in Thailand. Then at age seven, the ultimate devastation: her father – her hero – died in his sleep. And it was Candy who found him.
Candy was taken in by family members, and she would never see her mother again.
It wasn’t until late 2014 that Legacy learned of Candy’s circumstances. When we did, we took swift action to give Candy as much support as possible.
When we first met her, Candy was a university student struggling to make ends meet. The pressure of juggling part time work with her heavy academic workload threatened to derail her studies.
Candy has no doubt that Legacy’s support has been life-changing. As she puts it: “If Legacy had not stepped in, I would have really struggled with University, and with my anxiety.”
“The financial aid and the incredible emotional support I have received from Legacy over the past four plus years: it’s been life-changing. It really has.”
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