DeLanee's Story

10 years ago, Becky and Tommy, were blessed to be pregnant with their second child. Shortly thereafter they learned that they were going to be parents to a little girl, but the probability of their daughter living for very long was extremely low. Their daughter was diagnosed with a condition called Dandy-Walker Cyst. The doctors believed that their baby girl would deteriorate and pass away during pregnancy, but much to their surprise DeLanee developed until 28 weeks gestation when she was delivered and lived for three hours. As you can imagine, these 3 hours was precious time that they spent as a family with their daughter taking pictures, bathing, dressing and holding her until she passed away in their arms. Upon DeLanee's passing, the nurses brought the family a box to put their daughter’s belongings in to take home with them. Because DeLanee was born in January the nurses were able to find a leftover Christmas box. That Christmas box became extremely special to them and they clung to it and the contents inside that held their daughter’s precious belongings as they left the hospital without their baby. It was because of this box that the inspiration for Lanee’s Legacy began. . .

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pics of our Breakfast and our Winner

We are so excited to share the highlights of our pancake breakfast with you. Amy Lytle donated her time and awesome photography skills and we love the pictures she got back to us. What a great day it was and again want to thank everyone who contributed to making this a success!

Before doing that though we wanted to announce the winner of our necklace and brooch. We used to generate a random number which came up with #1, so, Stephanie, if you will e-mail me with your address I would love to get these in the mail to you.

So. . .here are the highlights from the breakfast:

Do you know that all of these guys had to go and take a food handler's
test to be able to assist our caterer with the food? Thanks guys!
(Chris, Tom, Ian, Josh and Ryan)

Not sure what was so funny here, but I felt like it showed what a good time we all had.
(Suzanne, Rayel, Becky and Kathryn)

These girls ran our greeting/will call table and did an awesome job!
Thanks to Lisa, Bekki and Aimee.

The Lanee Legacy crew: Kathryn, Heather, Becky, Erika and Rayel

We really appreciated Suzanne Helzer, Bereavment Coordinator at Banner Desert Hospital coming and speaking. One thing that stood out in her talk to me was when she thanked everyone from future parents who would receive a box. It really is EVERYONE who came, donated, volunteered and supported us that makes this all possible!
Lukas from Movin' 97.5 was so awesome!! He really kept things fun! LOVED him!

The next pictures are from our kids area. Bounce U provided our face painter and Twisty Kristy did an awesome job with the balloons. She couldn't tie those balloons fast enough. The octupuses were a HUGE hit with the kids. Thank you to Arizona Jump for discounting the jump systems.

Thanks to Kilee, Nicole, Amber and David for taking care of our balloon release.
That was a lot of balloons and butterlies to tie!
It was so sweet to see the kids write their personal messages to their loved ones and release them into the sky. I thought this pictures really captured the sweetness of it. These are actually my nephews (Braeden and Cole) and my own children (Garrett and Taryn).
Garrett doesn't quite know how to spell DeLanee's name yet. But still so sweet. The kids LOVED the fireman and firetruck. Thanks Queen Creek Fire Department!

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