NORMAN — When Angie Sawyer's son passed away at age 5 she tried several ways to deal with her grief. But none of them worked, she said, until she turned to God. So to tell her story, she recently recorded her first CD, “On The Right Track.”
All proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit mission efforts in Haiti.
“I was driving home from work one day and felt that before I died, I wanted to leave behind my testimony of grief and loss, and about how I lost my son, to help someone else who has lost a loved one,” the Hillsboro, Ohio, area resident said this week.
Sawyer’s son, Ethan Scott Sawyer, came home from kindergarten one day at the former Concord Elementary School in Sugar Tree Ridge, Ohio, and died suddenly on Feb. 24, 1995. An autopsy showed that the cause of death was an aortic aneurism.
Originally from Waynesville, Ohio, Angie Sawyer and her husband, Jack, wanted to raise their son in the country so they moved to Highland County, where her family had roots, in 1993 from West Chester. Angie’s father, Gary Scott, was a Sinking Spring resident and her mother, Beverly (Kisling) Scott, was from Sugar Tree Ridge.
Today, Angie is a 1997 graduate of the Southern State Community College Practical Nursing Program who works as a hospice nurse in Cincinnati.
Sawyer said she decided to donate the proceeds of her CD to mission work after attending an auction in Mount Hope where all the proceeds were going to mission work in Haiti.
“They told how great the need is there,” Sawyer said. “Because so many areas have no running water, it’s sold in baggies so they can prepare food and whatever else they need it for. Many children go to bed hungry … and sometimes they make mud cakes to fill their tummies when they have nothing else to eat.”