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Keeping Families Together In Difficult Circumstances

Heroes come in unexpected ways. This is a story about a family's courage after receiving an adverse prenatal diagnosis, and how it can inspire them to do incredible things for others who find themselves in similar situations. 

Keeping Families Together In Difficult Circumstances: Tribute to St. Joseph’s House Co-Founder, Cubby LaHood


On September 25th family and friends of the late Cubby LaHood will gather to celebrate her life at a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist, Silver Spring, MD.

She died on Monday evening, September 21st surrounded by her family from a long battle with cancer.

Along with her husband Dan LaHood, she founded St. Joseph’s House, a day care and respite home for children with multiple disabilities in Silver Spring. For thirty years in their own home, the LaHood family (Dan, Cubby and their children Joe, Mary Frances and Johnny) have provided fun and friendship after school, on school holidays and in the summer to these children, giving families the opportunity to take a break, or return to work, or attend to a sibling.

As parents of Francis, their son who received a poor prenatal diagnosis, Dan and Cubby knew intimately how important love and friendship are at this difficult time. Despite advice to the contrary, they decided to continue their pregnancy. Francis was born and lived briefly---living and dying as a valued member of a loving family. Cubby then became a leader for a local MIS support group (miscarriage/infant death/stillbirth), where she counseled many families to understand grief and accept their uncharted journey.

Later, she co-founded Isaiah’s Promise, a peer ministry to help support families carry to term following an adverse or lethal prenatal diagnosis. Isaiah’s Promise is one of the oldest such ministries in the country, and Cubby mentored a number of new leaders in this important work. But her life’s passion was befriending parents, helping them find a workable and even joyful path through their new normal.  Calls from Cubby saved their marriages, these parents say, and kept families together.

The LaHood Family is asking that donations be made to St. Joseph’s House, in lieu of flowers. All funds will go directly to support the children there.

For more information about the Cubby’s legacy (and to make a donation), go to: saintjosephshouse.net or isaiahspromise.net

And see the LaHood Family’s story first hand at the Archdiocese of Washington’s Affirming Life webpage: www.adw.org/affirming-life

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