About Sugar Bee

My name is Cassie and this little business is my creative outlet, but there's a whole lot more to the story. 

Sugarbee is a nickname for my daughter, Avery. Her dramatic entrance into this world set me on a path that no parent ever expects or plans for.

It turned my life upside down, made me question everything that's important, and broken my heart, over and over again. It has also molded me into a warrior mommy, made our family infinitely stronger, and provided our family moments of unbelievable joy.

The original purpose of Sugarbee Designs, eleven years ago, was to allow me to help support my family while being a stay at home mom. This was the only way that I could still coordinate the constant flow of therapy sessions which helped Avery to meet her potential.  It was a hard balance sometimes, but I was glad to have the opportunity to help so many clients with their parties and holidays and gifts. I was also able to open my etsy shoppe and sell to clients worldwide!

We welcomed a baby sister in 2011 and then a baby brother in 2017. Avery loved and adored her siblings! Life got pretty busy, but I was able to keep up the shoppe until #3 came along. Around the same time, Avery's health started to get more complicated, and I put my shoppe on pause and took less work in order to focus on family.

For the last three years, our warrior Sugarbee fought back over and over again from health complications. Her genetic condition, Tuberous Sclerosis, caused seizures, which were hard to control and ultimately caused her health to deteriorate. On April 19th of 2020, we held Avery in our arms for the last time as she peacefully passed away.

We miss Avery immeasurably. Our lives will never be the same, but we are trying our best to honor her memory in the most impactful ways that we can. We were thrilled to be able to establish the Avery Elise McClung Endowed Memorial Scholarship at Texas A&M, where my husband and I graduated. This scholarship is specifically designated for students enrolled in the Aggie ACHIEVE program, which is the state’s first residential, inclusive, four-year post-secondary educational opportunity for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We are hopeful that this scholarship will keep Avery's amazing, determined spirit alive for years to come. And I am excited to pledge 10% of my card design sales in order to grow the scholarship and give many future special students the opportunity to attend college.

If you would like to donate to the scholarship, please click on the link below and find the "Give Now" at the top of the Texas A&M Foundation page. Please select “The General Memorial” for the appropriate account and indicate that the gift is in memory of Avery Elise McClung. 

Avery's Scholarship

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