Lori Piestewa's Dream Comes True
– Opinions/Letter to the Editor
The writer is the brother of Lori Piestewa. He writes for the Piestewa family.
It was a dream of my sister, Lori Piestewa, to one day build or buy a house in Flagstaff for her children and parents.
From Kuwait, in early 2003, she’d often write that she was unsure about her role in this war or what her fate would be, but she was always sure of one thing: Her two children would be taken care of.
How could she have had the vision, the foresight, the ability to see what lay ahead?
She knew. Probably even when lying awake at night in her room at Fort Bliss, or trying to sleep through the sandstorms on the desert floors of Kuwait, or on a hospital gurney in Iraq during her final hours in this world, she knew someday, somehow, it would happen.
The people of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” figured it out, too. So did the people of Shea Homes, the San Manuel Band of Native Americans, the American Indian Council of Governments, Cavco, Breuners and thousands of businesses and individuals who volunteered their time and services to fulfill a worthwhile dream.
What happened is not about a big house in the country, status, power or money. It is about a spirit that, when harnessed, can make the world a better place.
Lori figured it out as she boarded a plane for Iraq, and in her special moment in time earned a place where she will always be able to carry on her legacy – a legacy of giving!
To the givers: There are no words nor any miraculous deeds that could begin to repay for what you have given to our family.
You have blessed us with your thoughtful contributions of time and love. We are eternally grateful to each of you, and we ask that you and yours be blessed with love and happiness each day of your lives.
You are truly the catchers of dreams.
Wayland Piestewa, Tuba City, AZ
Sorry about the delay in setting up a new article. Having many computer problems. Found it strange in Wayland’s letter there is no mention of Jessica Lynch – Lori’s sister soldier and best friend. It is my understanding it was Jessica who first approached the ABC “Extreme Makeover Show” with the idea for the Piestewa home - b
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