Pregnancy • Adoption • Information • Guidance • Education
Paige – Our Inspiration
The PAIGE Foundation provides compassionate support to women and children
through information, guidance and education.
LIFE IS PRECIOUS
Our goal is to empower women to make informed and educated decisions in relationships so there will be fewer unexpected pregnancies and better outcomes of unexpected pregnancies. By achieving these goals there will be less poverty, more opportunities for people to achieve their life goals, fewer abortions and stronger families. Because every life matters.
Any woman who is sexually active runs the risk of unplanned pregnancy.
Therefore, it is vital to educate young women on their choices before they even make the decision to have sex.
Any woman who becomes pregnant has serious life decisions to make.
Many people make bad decisions because of ignorance, lack of education and misinformation.
Every decision a woman makes about her pregnancy will not only affect her life forever
but many other peoples’ lives as well.
If a person has intelligent and accurate information, loving guidance and proper education
she will make wiser decisions.
There is hope for future generations with your help.
The PAIGE Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax deductible.
Our promise is that with all funds and resources that we raise we will allocate wisely.
Paige – Our Inspiration
Paige Renee Villers discovered she was pregnant 2 weeks before her 18th birthday. She was a senior in high school. The initial shock of the news brought panic and fear. What would happen now? Would Paige finish high school? Would she keep the baby? Raise the baby? What kind of future would Paige and this little person have? There were many overwhelming thoughts, concerns and questions. We didn’t know where to begin.
After the initial shock wore off and our emotions settled down a bit, we were able to start forming rational thoughts. Paige knew one thing for sure – life begins at conception and abortion was out of the question. From the moment she knew she was pregnant her heart swelled with love for this little life inside of her. But we still had questions and concerns. We had not traveled this path before so we were at a loss of where to begin or what her options were. We took one day at a time and figured it out as we stepped out in faith.
Paige was determined to finish school and graduate with a diploma. This wasn’t easy to accomplish. In addition to the pregnancy issues that every woman faces she dealt with some tough attitudes from her peers. Every day was a challenge. But Paige’s strong spirit and passion for life gave her the ability to hold her head up high and carry on with determination and dignity. Paige successfully completed her senior year of high school all the while thinking, praying, talking, and crying about what decision she needed to make that was best for this little person she loved. She knew what she wanted more than anything – to keep this baby and be his mommy. But she knew the hard reality was that as much as she loved him it wouldn’t be enough to provide the kind of life she desired for him.
Paige walked across the graduation stage to receive her diploma on June 6, 2006. With her head held high and a smile on her face she was hiding the sorrow in her heart of the painful decision she had made. Three days later she delivered into this world the love of her life. She clung to every breathing moment of his life knowing that in three days she would be placing her heart into the hands of someone else. Then the most painful day of Paige’s life came when she carefully and lovingly placed her son in those hands.
As painful as it was Paige knew she had made the right decision. She sacrificed her heart so her son could have the life she desired for him. And yet, despite the sorrow she felt, she didn’t give up. She was determined to do something incredible with her life so, hopefully, one day, her son could be proud of her.
September 2006 Paige informed us she had made the decision to join the Air Force. She told us she had already met with a recruiter. In October, with her dad by her side, she went back to the recruiter and signed up. She told us she made this decision so that her life would mean something. She wanted an honorable life – one that would bring honor to her son and her family. Paige also said she loved and appreciated her country and wanted to serve her. Finally, she hoped to get a good education while in the Air Force. She had decided she wanted to be able to help other young women. Women who may be going through the same things she went through with decisions that led her to getting pregnant and the consequences that followed. Paige was hoping she could reach young women and help them recognize why they sometimes make poor decisions – especially in relationships. If they make choices that result in an unexpected pregnancy she wanted to educate them of all their choices so they wouldn’t make decisions based on emotions – especially fear.
Paige left for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on March 13, 2007. She was doing well at training. She had completed all of the requirements to graduate and was thrilled with her accomplishments. But she had gotten sick during training and her health started declining quickly as she approached graduation. On May 16th, 2007, we received a phone call from Paige that she was rushed to the ER at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Shortly after another call came from her doctor informing us her situation was critical and we should get there as soon as possible. He did not think Paige would make it through the night. Paige’s mom and aunt took the first flight they could get to San Antonio and arrived to find Paige had made it through the night but was in a coma. She had contracted a very rare virus which had caused an aggressive pneumonia that had destroyed three fourths of her lungs. The next several weeks Paige’s life was touch and go. Then a miracle happened on June 21st, 2007. Some unconventional medical treatments were administered which improved her status and she was able to be brought out of the coma. Despite the incredible trauma Paige endured she was determined to remain in the Air Force and continue on with her goals. She graduated from boot camp and became an airman on July 20th, 2007. She was the youngest airman to be awarded the Medal of Meritorious Service – a medal for one who endures through extreme circumstances. Then the second nightmare happened when on July 22nd, 2007 Paige started having seizures. The doctors ran several tests and it took a couple of days to figure out what happened. It appeared Paige was suffering a second very rare condition in which her nervous system was being destroyed by her own antibodies – a condition known as demyelination. We watched as her life hung in the balance for the next two weeks until August 7, 2007 when she went home to be with the Lord.
Paige is an inspiration to her family and friends as they try to pick up the pieces and go on without her. It is her passionate spirit and love of life, family and friends that have encouraged us to remain strong and live life as she would have wanted us to. Paige was extremely passionate about everything she did in life and about everyone she loved. She was an encourager and motivator. She loved deeply. But at times she couldn’t see how much she was loved and how much she was thought of as a hero – even before joining the Air Force. She was our hero because she always held her head up and accepted the consequences of her decisions and then did everything in her power to make things right. She deeply loved and cared for the life that God had entrusted her with, even if for a short time.
Because of who Paige was here on this earth, her family and friends are carrying on her desire to help young women be all they can be in life – to help them love themselves for who they are and be proud so they can make confident and wise decisions. Also, if someone makes a decision that doesn’t turn out well it’s not the end of hope for their life. There are ways to make it right. That is why there is the P.A.I.G.E. Foundation.
Paige – Our Inspiration
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