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 questions to our family. What would happen now? Would Paige finish school? Would she keep the baby? Raise the baby? What kind of future would Paige have and even more so, this little person she was now responsible for? There were so many overwhelming thoughts, concerns and questions. We didn’t even know where to begin.
After the 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 all the same 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 – tiredness, discomfort, nausea, swelling, emotions out of control – she faced some tough attitudes among her peers. Every day was a challenge for Paige. 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. While she successfully completed her senior year of high school, she spent that entire year thinking, praying, talking, and seeking wisdom about what decision she needed to make that was best for this little person she loved so much. 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 so desired for him.
So as 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 pain in her heart of the painful decision she had made. Three days later she delivered into this world the love of her life. Knowing that in three days she would be placing her heart into the hands of someone else to take care of for her, she clung to every breathing moment of his life. Then the most painful day of Paige’s life came when she carefully and lovingly placed her son in the arms of someone else.
As painful as it was Paige knew she had made the right decision. She sacrificed her heart so that her son could have the life that 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 that, hopefully, one day, her son could be proud of her.
In September 2006, Paige informed us that she had made the decision to join the Air Force. She told us that she had already met with a recruiter. In October, with her dad at her side, she went back to the recruiter and signed up. She said she made the decision to do this so that her life would mean something, that she would have an honorable life and bring honor to herself, her son, and her family. Paige loved and appreciated her country and wanted to serve this great country and 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 who may be going through the same things she went through as a result of the decisions she made that led her to getting pregnant and the choices that followed. Paige was hoping that she could reach young women and help them recognize why they make the choices they do, and if they make the decision that leads them to an unplanned pregnancy, she wanted to be able to inform them of positive options so that they wouldn’t make decisions based on emotions of fear or panic.
Paige left for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on March 13, 2007. She was doing so well at training. She had accomplished all of the requirements to graduate. But she also had gotten sick during this time and her health starting 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 on the base. Shortly after, we received a phone call from the doctor that he didn’t believe Paige would make it through the night. Paige’s mom and aunt took the first flight they could get to San Antonio and found Paige had survived the night but was in a coma. She had a very rare virus that had produced pneumonia which had consumed and destroyed nearly all of her lungs. The next several weeks were touch and go with her life. Then a miracle beyond miracles happened on June 21st, 2007, when after some unconventional medical treatments, she was able to be brought out of the coma.
Despite the incredible trauma Paige had endured she was determined to remain in the Air Force and continue on with her goals. Paige graduated from the United States Air Force on July 20th, 2007 and she was the youngest airman to be awarded the Medal of Meritorious Service. A medal for one who endures through extreme circumstances. Then a second traumatic event happened when on July 22nd, 2007, Paige started having seizures. As the doctors ran several tests it took a couple of days to figure out what had happened. It appeared that 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 with the Lord.
As Paige’s family and friends have tried to pick up the pieces and go on without her, she is our inspiration. 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 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. She did everything in her power to make things right because she deeply loved and cared for the life that God had entrusted her with, even if for just 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 and be proud of who they are so they can make confident and wise decisions. Also, if someone makes a decision that doesn’t turn out well, we want them to know it’s not the end of hope for their life. There are ways to make it right. That is why there is the PAIGE Foundation.
Paige – Our Inspiration
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