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. . .

Monday, October 11, 2010

Giveaway for National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day

In October, 1988, President Ronald Regan, proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This Friday, October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. All of this was made possible by a woman named Robyn Bear who envisioned a day where grieving parents could come together in love and support from their friends and family. Also, a day where the community could better understand their pain and reach out to families who are grieving.

On September 28, 2006, House Resolution #222 was passed in the House of Representatives supporting the goals and ideals of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, the clerk read the following:

"Whereas each year, approximately one million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a newborn baby;

Whereas it is a great tragedy to lose the life of a child;

Whereas even the shortest lives are still valuable, and the grief of those who mourn the loss of these lives should not be trivialized;"

Soon thereafter they agreed to pass the House Resolution. You may visit the official website of this day at You can see the entire transcript of this day along with many other ideas of how you can remember your baby and commemorate October 15th.

The part of this transcript that really stood out to me was "whereas even the shortest lives are still valuable". Oh. . .how I agree!! These lives, no matter how short they are, impact those of us that they have touched in such huge way that we will never be the same. These little live are valuable and significant and should be remembered! I think it is so wonderful the work that Mrs. Bear went to to create this month and day (Oct. 15th).

So, as this month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States, we too would like to join in this national rememberance day.

There are two ways that you can participate in this giveaway that we are doing. Our fundraiser is vastly approaching in less than a month and I'm going to say it again of how important it is that you buy your tickets PRE-SALE! So, anyone that buys their tickets today through Friday, October 15th will be entered into the drawing. The second way that you can enter into this drawing is to leave a comment to this post or e-mail us with the story of your baby and that will also get you entered into the drawing. If you buy your tickets AND send us your story, you are entered twice!! We will do our drawing on Sunday evening at our meeting and post the results here next Monday.

Here's what you'll receive if you win. This is my necklace that my sister made for me. We will have a custom made charm that is in beveled soldered glass with the butterfly and YOUR BABY'S name on it that is identical to this charm. I wanted to show you the rest of my necklace so that you could see what it looks like. If you'd like my sister's information she will be happy to make you a necklace for it to go on, or, you can put it on whatever chain you would like.

If you haven't experienced a loss, this would make a great gift for someone you know who has, or, you can add your own baby's name, or, just have the charm without a name. It is a custom order, so you can do what you want. Good luck this week and get those tickets!!

1 comment:

Alicia Arnold said...

I would like to enter for this family. Their story is here.