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, May 11, 2010

Boxes and more Boxes

At the beginning of this year, Lanee's Legacy set a goal that we would have the means (i.e. financial support and manpower) to make at least 40 boxes per month to distribute to hopsitals and individuals who need them. Here we are into May now and feel very blessed to say that so far, this goal has been met. It has been a busy few months for Lanee's Legacy as we have added additional hospitals to the list (I'll give you the update in a minute). We feel blessed to continue to get to do what we do. We are currently scheduled through June, but if you have a group or organization that would like to participate in this service project, please don't hesitate to contact us! It is so wonderful to get to know and work with amazing people that join us in our passion for service and helping those who stand in need.

We were lucky enough to have a photographer at one of our box making nights who graciously provided us with a CD of pictures from our night. Thank you to Megan Klug at Rosemary and Me Photography for donating your time and talents to documenting this night for us. I wanted to share some of these pictures and the wonderful women who contributed to this night:

At the beginning of the night, we have tables that look like this:

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers. . .

We then had tables that looked like this:

To update you on the list of hospitals we now serve, here it is:

Banner Desert Medical Center
Casa Grande Regional Medical Center
Scottsdale Healthcare (Shea Campus)
Scottsdale Healthcare (Osborn Campus)
Banner Thunderbird
Banner Estrella
Banner Baywood
Banner Gateway
Flagstaff Medical Center

We are doing our best to make contact with other hospitals. The trick is finding the correct person that oversees this department. If you notice a hospital you currently live by, work at or are connected with in some way NOT on this list, please help us by getting us in touch with the right person and we will be more than happy to add them to our list of hospitals we serve.

The perk for all of us in doing this is getting to take road trips together! We always joke about "the further the better" and the idea of being jetsetters! Although, I don't really know why they get a look of skepticism on their faces when I suggest a shortcut. Sheesh. . .it's not like the last two I suggested haven't worked out so great?!? Alright, well they haven't been so short, but they've been fun, right girls? It makes me happy to hit the road with two of the greatest gals I know! It was just two weeks ago that we all traveled to Flagstaff for our first visit with the women who volunteer for the TLC (To Lose a Child) Program at Flagstaff Medical Center.

Rayel: "the navigator":

Our "shortcut" took us through payson and pine area. It was such a beautiful drive, but the higher up we traveled, we noticed this:

Then we saw this:
Keep in mind that we did this on the last day of April! There was no spring in sight! Rayel insisted that we pull over "play" for a minute: Kat's making a snow angel:

Snowbowl Mountains:
When we arrived in Flagstaff, we met up with the girls from the TLC program at Pita Jungle for a yummy lunch and then on over to the hospital for a tour and to donate boxes. We had a such a great time making this trip and was especially impressed with Flagstaff's program and the awesome work they are doing to help families who are experiencing a loss. Good job!

Thanks to everyone from those who are helping us make these boxes to those who are requesting them for their hospital! This is what it's all about!


Meg & Jared said...

I just wanted to thank you ladies from the bottom of my heart for what you do with this organization. I work in the NICU at Banner Desert. I have known Nancy Clark and Leslie Patterson from your pictures above almost all my life! It was a good feeling to see them being able to take part in such a special thing.

Once again this week I was reminded of your service as we had a sweet baby pass away who had become part of our NICU family for many months. His box was an amazing gift to be able to give his family, and I really felt I should express how much what you do means to us all who are on the other end. Either as the parents receiving them, or as the caregivers who have SOMETHING to be able to send home with our precious grieving families. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for what you do! You truly are angels!
♥ Meg (Montgomery) Brown

The Lee Clan said...

My Family and I just wanted to Thank You for the wonderful gift we received when we lost our Son and Brother. I would have never thought of making a memory box for our Family, the box has truly helped us to heal. Thanks Again! Love The Lee's, Jared, Alyssa and the girls.

Katie Souris said...

Seeing your article reminded me of how great it was to meet all of you and have you become part of our team! I am so excited to have your wonderful legacy in our hospital!

I hope the drive back wasn't too crazy :) And hey! We're finally getting sunshine in Flag!

Much Love!