The board was shaken recently by the loss of a very special member of our group, Bret Beresford-Wood.
Bret was a tremendous young man and an exceptional asset to our board, putting in many hours on our website and in marketing our shows to increase the awareness of the larger community regarding all of the great things the PPF does, both for our children and for our neighbors in need.
He brought his wonderful smile, great sense of humor, brilliant ideas, and calming energy to all of our meetings and events.
Cancer took his life, but it did not take his spirit, nor his love for the PPF.
Less than a week after Bret’s death an event was being held at STAY IN TOUCH Oakland Children’s Hospital, an event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money for childhood cancer research. The PPF Performance Troupe had committed to participate in that event, coming in costume to sing, read, play games, and mingle with the crowd and to take pictures with the children there. Bret’s daughter, Amelie, is part of that group and many of us thought she would stay home, unable to participate. But we were so wrong. Amelie was there, playing with the kids and singing her heart out. She took a special shine to a young patient named Amare, who proceeded to sit on Amelie’s lap for 45 minutes watching the proceedings and talking to her like they were old friends.
We are in awe of that remarkable young woman who gave of herself the way she did last Saturday, and Bret would be extremely proud of his little girl.
The PPF have since made a donation of $1,000 in Bret’s honor to Amare’s team in support of the important work St. Baldrick’s does to fund childhood cancer research.
We, on the board, feel extremely privileged to have had Bret share himself and his family with us.