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. . .

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Day 8's Winner in our 15 Days of Giveaways

Patti Frazier is today's donator in our 15 Days of Giveaways. She is also the grandmother of this sweet little angel pictured here. Little Livi was still in utero when her mother was in a terrible car accident. Because of that accident, Livi, passed away. I think sometimes its easy to forget that losing a baby doesn't just effect the parents, but also other family members. For a grandmother, not only does she grieve the loss of her grandchild, but also feels helpless when watching her child(ren) experience something so painful and heartbreaking. It must be so hard to want to take away your child's pain and make everything perfect and right for them.....all while grieving the loss themselves.

Thank heavens for grandma's and their forsight on helping their child as they grieve. Had it not been for DeLanee's grandma, I'm not sure I would have done things like eat, or sleep, or had a clean house or any of those things that grandma's do so well. DeLanee's grandma was patient with me as I went through the grieving process and let me cry and be mad and talk about anything I needed to. When asked how many grandchildren she has, DeLanee is always counted amongst the others and hangs her picture on her Christmas tree with her other grandchildren. These are just some of the things she did to help me to heal....all while grieving herself.

Patti Frazier has always been an avid supporter of Lanee's Legacy and has done so many things for our organization that we have stopped counting. I know she has a special place in her heart for the type of work we do because of this sweet baby and her experience as a grandmother. Thank you to Patti and the way she so willingly shares her talents with our organization. Thank you to all grandmothers out there who quietly and gracefully help their child(ren) go through something such as this.

The winner of this darling craft is Lisa Olsen! Congratulations Lisa!!


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