BENEFITING: TEARS FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 22, 2017
Melissa Cain wrote -When we found out we were pregnant, we considered it our own miracle. Excited doesn't even begin to describe our feelings. Throughout the next few months, we shared in the joy of telling all of our loved ones about our miracle baby. Unfortunately, due to a sudden onset of severe preeclampsia, we lost our baby girl at seven months gestation. Seeing the doctor's face as she was trying to find the heartbeat, and ultimately hearing those fateful words is something we will never forget. The 24 hours that followed that doctors visit are some that will forever be burned into our mind. The questions, the guilt, the "what-if's, why us, and what do we do now?" After being induced, our beautiful baby girl, Averi Catherine, silently entered this world at 12:21am on April 6, 2016. She was a whopping 1lb 10oz, and measured 12inches long. We spent the next six hours holding our little girl, playing "our songs" to her, watching cartoons with her, taking pictures. Trying to make our own memories with her in the little time we had with her before we had to give her back. During all of this, we also had to figure out what we were going to do after. Do you want a funeral, do you want to cremate her, bury her? Who ever would think that these questions would be something that one would have to think about when they think of their baby? Unfortunately, this is a much more common scenario in the world then one actually knows about. The statistic is 1 in 4... That's out of every four women, one will experience pregnancy or infant loss, be it through miscarriage, stillbirth, etc.. That's where the TEARS Foundation comes into play. On top of having support groups for berieved families, they assist families with the financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their baby. The money raised for the Rock and Walk goes directly to familes that need such help. This is our second year doing the Rock & Walk in memory of our precious Averi, and hope that we can continue doing it in years to come to honor her, and be able to help out families that are going through what we went through.