- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) - A scholarship fund for those who need counseling but can’t afford it has been established in memory of a young Glasgow girl who died unexpectedly in September.

Eight-year-old Cheyenne Lloyd was unresponsive when her mother, Cassie, tried to wake her for school Sept. 23. Despite multiple attempts to resuscitate her, she was pronounced dead a few hours later at T.J. Samson Community Hospital.

Cassie Lloyd sought counseling in the months following her daughter’s death, but found she could not afford the service.

“I knew that I would need help to make it through this tragic time in my life,” she said while reading from a prepared statement during a recent ceremony unveiling the scholarship at the office of Heart Cry for Hope, a Christian-based counseling service on Wayne Street. “Through the generosity of others and now through the Cheyenne Lloyd Memorial Scholarship Fund, I am able to receive the help that I have needed and still need at Heart Cry for Hope.”

She said the cause of her daughter’s death is unknown and was not determined by an autopsy.

“It is my desire, and the desire of Heart Cry for Hope, that no one be turned away for inability to pay for services. This is why this memorial fund exists,” Lloyd read. “I hope that this inspires more of these funds to be created so that no one will ever be refused help. Through therapy, I have learned tools to help me deal with my grief and the changes that occur in relationships after tragedy strikes.

“Therapy helped give me hope for the future, a new perspective on life, the assurance that I am not alone, the faith that I will one day be OK and the confidence to reach out and help others.”

Summer Watson, owner and manager of Heart Cry for Hope, came up with the idea for the scholarship fund.

“Fifty percent of our clients pay the lowest fee for services and in a lot of cases receive free counseling, so we wanted to develop a way for the community to be able to benefit from counseling no matter their financial situation,” Watson said. “At the same time I’ve been counseling Cassie throughout her grief process and I wanted to honor her daughter and so it all came together like that.”

There are plans to launch an annual fundraiser for the scholarship fund.

“All of those proceeds will go directly to providing counseling for people who can’t afford it,” Watson said. “We will have a process for deciding who needs to benefit from the scholarship fund.”

Donna Morgan, also of Glasgow, lost her 6-year-old daughter, Maddie, to pulmonary veno occlusive disease in 2005. Morgan and her family created the Butterflies for Maddie Foundation, and through fundraisers, including a 5K Run and Walk, money is generated to help raise awareness, increase education and encourage research regarding pulmonary veno occlusive disease. Morgan was present for the ceremony recently.

“Butterflies for Maddie would love to help. We always look for a charity to give 10 percent of our raised proceeds to,” she said. “We will definitely put Cheyenne in for the 10 percent on our race this year.”

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