May 29 2017

On Memorial Day, honoring a life lost and a dream pursued

Esther McClimans of Jamestown, Pennsylvania, has been an Unbound sponsor for almost 12 years. She’s sponsored Esdras from Guatemala since he was 8 years old, and he’s now 20 years old.

With Esther’s support through sponsorship, Esdras has excelled as a student and is now studying to become a nurse. His choice of profession is especially meaningful to Esther. Her late grandson, Capt. Joshua McClimans, was a nurse with the U.S. Army. He was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011.

“The fact that Josh is gone but we have this young man that cares about nursing, it made me feel good,” Esther said. “[Nursing] is such a wonderful profession.”

Josh was committed to education, too. He had plans to return to school to become a nurse anesthetist.

Every year on the anniversary of her grandson’s death, Esther’s family and many of Josh’s friends gather, traveling from all over the U.S., to celebrate his life. He was known among many as an excellent nurse, friend and father, and it’s a special time each year to honor him.

In April, Esther and her daughter, Luisa, traveled on an Unbound Awareness Trip to meet Esdras for the first time. They’d kept in close touch over the years, and she was eager to finally meet him in person.

Esther and her daughter both volunteer with local hospice care, so they, too, are passionate about taking care of those in need, and Esther was touched that this young man had chosen the same profession as her beloved grandson.

“He’ll make a wonderful nurse,” she said about Esdras. “I can just see kindness in him.”

Maureen Lunn

Contributing Writer

With a master’s degree in international studies, Maureen has long been passionate about international development and loves using writing as a means to share that passion. She is a globetrotter, movie lover, Sporting KC fan, yoga teacher and self-designated crazy cat lady. Maureen and her husband, Toby, sponsor an elder in Kenya named M’Nkanatha and a young woman in Guatemala named Vivian.

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