BISMARCK, N.D. - There is one family who is thankful for being able to spend another holiday with one another. Sasha Ruggles suffered colon cancer and being in a coma. When she woke up, her children started a charitable organization. Their goal, to be the light that shines in the darkness and share it with everyone else. Jordan Verdadeiro tells us about their story.
"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it."
This is the bible verse that got Skylar Ruggles through her mother's darkest time.
"This is real, like this could potentially take my mom away," said Skylar Ruggles.
Sasha Ruggles was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, was rushed to surgery and became septic.
"That's all I could think about was the fact that I was in so much pain, then I don't remember going into the coma and don't remember anything in there until I woke up later," said Sasha.
After weeks in the hospital, her family wasn't sure she was going to make it.
"You don't even know what to say when you're trying to say your goodbyes you don't, there's not even words for that, its really just a feeling. I would just try to hold her hand and give her my feelings like, 'I hope you could feel this' because there's no words for that, and even trying to tell your siblings cause you don't want to tell a 5-year-old, 'okay your mom might not be here, you need to say,'" said Skylar.
Sasha woke up, to a family and a community of support and prayers.
"Blue is the color of colon cancer, as a community let's wear blue today. There would be people from a family on the couch wearing blue to the basketball team wearing blue socks and blue ribbons to the volleyball team,"
Now, the Ruggles want to share the light that so many people in the community projected to them by starting a charitable organization, CouR4ge Scholarships.
"So we want to give people that have had or are currently fighting cancer, scholarships to help with their education because they've been in darkness or are in darkness and we want to spread the light as it was," said Skylar.
Like the verse in the bible, the Ruggles will be the light that shines in the darkness.
The Ruggles are in the process of becoming a non-profit. They say their 2020 goal is to pay out 4, $1,000 scholarships. For more information go to their website, cour4gescholarships.org