The unexpected death of a child is a devastating loss to any a parent.
A Williamson County couple experienced that feeling when they watched their baby boy slip away in a matter of hours.
But they have taken that horrible loss and turned it into a not-for-profit ministry that is speaking to grieving parents in a way only those parents can understand.
Drayson Beasley, who started the ministry, nicknamed his son Bane, which in Nigerian means "long-awaited."
He longed for a son to raise lovingly, to begin a family legacy of men raising sons with love, honor and respect.
But in August of last year, the child contracted bacterial meningitis and died within hours.
Drayson and his wife, Sonya, are both licensed counselors, but the loss was still devastating. Surrounded by family and friends, the Beasley's were able to cope with the tragedy.
Then, on the day of the celebration of their child's life, they spotted two big beautiful rainbows in a field, which provided a symbol of hope in a dark time.
It was on this darkest day that an idea was born that despite their own pain, they might be able to do something for other people.
The Beasley's realized that they possessed the credentials to help other people. They were experienced counselors who had suddenly lost a child.
From there, they developed a not-for-profit ministry that no one had ever attempted. The ministry carries the name Banebow, a combination of their son's nickname and rainbow.
Last year hundreds of people helped raise money for Banebow because the organization has no paid employees.
The Beasleys said they consider their organization a sacred service that offers referrals, counseling, financial help, prayer and other services.
The say they want the public to know this is not a happy ending to their story, but instead a purposeful beginning. They said it is a legacy of their smiling son - a rainbow after a terrible storm.
If you would like to support Banebow, their 5K run/walk fundraiser is Oct. 22 at Montgomery Bell Park.
The deadline to sign up for the event is Wednesday.
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