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, February 2, 2010

The Birthday Challenge and PF Chang Marathon!

First, we wanted to update you on the many donations we received from our challenge for DeLanee's birthday. We had so many people participate and it turned out great!! We feel so blessed at how many items we received that will go inside our boxes. Here's what we received:

Jewel Cases: 50
Packets of Kleenex: 116
Journals: 51
Brag Books: 4
CDs: 250
Pens: 93
Forget Me Not Seeds: 10
Chocolate Bars: 36
Hard Tack Candy: 7 bags
Cameras: 66
Monetary Donations $89.00

We were also donated new (and improved) glue guns with carrying cases. So awesome!!

We assembled 60 boxes last week with the help of the Gilbert 9th Ward as well. As we've said before, it is a humbling position to be in to watch of all these donations come (in whatever form). Thank you to everyone who participated in our challenge and encourage you to not stop now. These boxes will be delivered off of our shelves in no time, so please. . .keep them coming.

We want to introduce you to a very special person. A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of ours, Dr. Sonal Gahndi, participated in the PF Chang Marathon.

This was her first marathon to compete in and I can't imagine the amount of work and training that goes into participating in one of these. What a sense of accomplishment it must be to complete something so amazing though. She not only ran for herself, but also Lanee's Legacy! We had the opportunity to sit down with her last week and hear all about the run and thank her for her support to our organization. She is a doctor at Phoenix Perinatal Associates and sees families everyday who are facing unfortunate circumstances with their pregnancies and babies. She spoke of how hard it is to become close with her patients and want so badly to give them the outcome that they want, but sometimes, is unable to do so. She has so much compassion towards them. How blessed we as patients are to be in such good hands of not only very qualified doctors, but understanding and kindhearted people as well. We had a good time at lunch getting to know her better and hearing about the martathon. Thanks to her hard work and effort, she raised over $600.00 for us!

Thanks Dr. Gahndi! Lanee's Legacy LOVES you!