About three weeks ago, Stefanie Ballard took her two kids Riley, 6, and Reese, 4, to the pool and went swimming. Right after that, Stefanie started getting these flu-like symptoms, which progressed to aches, dizziness, and even brain swelling. And fast forward from that day in the pool to three weeks later, and Stefanie passed away.
Now, Stefanie’s husband, Pete, and their kids, Riley and Reese, are left without their wife and mom…and no one can figure out what took her.
Stefanie Ballard’s close friend, Stephanie Houghton, joins us to talk about Stefanie, and how the family is dealing with the loss…and what the community is trying to do to bring at least a little light to these girls’ lives. It started as getting great tickets to Taylor Swift’s show (because the kids are the BIGGEST Taylor Swift fans; their dad, Pete, even built them a stage in their bedroom).
Well, we’ve got good news: Taylor Swift is 100% on board. Tickets. Meet and Greet. We’re sending a limo to pick them up. Money for new outfits for the show. Dinner beforehand. Blowouts at DryBar. Hopefully it’ll be a day of smiles in a really dark time for these two girls.