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Emmett's Sole Mates

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BENEFITING: TEARS FOUNDATION

EVENT: Massachusetts Rock & Walk

EVENT DATE: Jun 25, 2017

Christina Relacion-Finnell

THE STORY:

Dear family and friends,

2016 has been a very difficult year for my husband, Brett, and I. On April 26, 2016, we lost our son Emmett John Michael Finnell. He was born at 18.5 weeks and suffered from several different conditions -- a massive cystic hygroma, fetal hydrops (fluid filled his heart/lungs), and a chromosome issue called Turner's Syndrome. (Click here to read Emmett's full story)

The months that have passed since that early spring day have been trying for us. We have found comfort in family and friends but also in the support services provided by the Tears Foundation's Massachusett's Chapter. We are grateful to have met this caring group of people who have been there for us to share in the tears and the grief.

One in four women experience pregnancy or infant loss within the first year. Our hope is that this walk and sharing our son's story will help provide comfort and solace to other families experience similar situations.

This walk has provided us a great outlet during the past few weeks and months to channel our grief into positive energy to help others in need in our community and surrounding states.

It's my hope that no woman and her family has to feel isolated and alone when the worst-possible outcome happens. People have used the adjectives of "brave" and "courageous" to describe my family and I sharing our story. I don't think of it that way. I think of it as just being human. We are all people. We have feelings. It's time we acknowledge those feelings and end the stigma of talking about pregnancy and infant loss.

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The TEARS Foundation's Rock & Walk is the signature fundraising event for TEARS. This annual event allows registered walkers to “walk” in honor of a child, or simply in support of others. Each team of walkers is also registered to “rock” in the rocking chairs placed at the event site. Rocking chairs signify the heart of the walk, which is to raise funds for families who have lost a baby and are in need of funeral assistance and emotional support services.

Location: Algonquin Regional High School
79 Bartlett St

Northborough, MA 01532
Time: 10am- 1pm

There are several ways to get involved with Emmett's Sole Mates and our Rock & Walk team:

1. Register to Walk and Attend the Event

Registration is $10 (no t-shirt included) for adults, children 12 and under receive free admission. You may purchase a personalized Rock & Walk t-shirt (extra fee) by May 25, 2017.

2. Fundraise to support our team

Each team member can create their own fundraising page. Ask your family and friends to support your fundraising effort. It takes more than one ask to usually get a "yes". It can sometimes be difficult to ask for money, so if you have questions, please ask Brett and Christina for ideas to get started. Have a bake sale, put a loose change container in your cube, clear out your closets with a rummage sale, instead of your daily coffee fix - save your caffeine and make a small gift...the sky's the limit!

3. Make a donation to support our team

Each dollar raised goes to help bereaved families in your community after the loss of a child. Funeral assistance, emotional support, and other programs are offered because of your fundraising efforts.

Thank you for helping us support bereaved families in Massachusetts!

Love,

-Christina

P.S. If you have any questions about how to make a gift or how to join our team, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help!

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$3,741

MONEY RAISED
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  • Christina Relacion-Finnell

    $10

  • Brett Finnell

    $10

  • Schinika Fitch

    $10

  • The Rose family

    $20

  • Holiday Cookie Contest Winner

    $20

  • Ferne and Marc Robin

    $18

  • Valerie Joers

    $10

  • Corissa Runde

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $36

  • Nana

    $57

  • Joe Steen

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mike & Rhonda

     

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Fee Sepahi

    $25

  • LaPlume Printing

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Nana & Papa Finnell

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Pampered Chef Online Sale

    $37

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Pure Barre North Andover

    $428.04

  • Live Band Karaoke donations

    $514

  • Alvin Yu

    $50

  • Live Band Karaoke Fundraiser

    $250

  • The LeBlancs

     

  • Ryan Burrill

    $25

  • Satch

     

  • Michael Babbitt

    $50

  • Papa McKing and Grandma Susie

     

  • Stacey Mueller

     

  • Katie Krecklow

     

  • Melinda Moe

     

  • Maureen Zuluaga

    $20

  • Fidelity Bank (Jeans Day Fundraiser)

    $910

  • Anonymous

     

  • Katie Belanger

    $100

  • Christopher Finnell

    $30

  • Mayim Bialik

     

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75% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $3,741 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Christina Relacion-Finnell

Amount Raised

$2,379

 

48% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brett Finnell

Amount Raised

$1,127

Fundraiser Title

Liza S

Amount Raised

$225

Fundraiser Title

Cory Finnell

Amount Raised

$10

Donor Comments

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik

In honor of Christina and in memory of Emmett. Thank you for sharing your touching story with us on GrokNation. 1 week ago

Christopher Finnell

Christopher Finnell

DONATION: $30

1 month ago

Katie Belanger

Katie Belanger

DONATION: $100

1 month ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

1 month ago

Fidelity Bank (Jeans Day Fundraiser)

Fidelity Bank (Jeans Day Fundraiser)

DONATION: $910

1 month ago

Maureen Zuluaga

Maureen Zuluaga

DONATION: $20

In Memory of little angel Emmett 1 month ago

Melinda Moe

Melinda Moe

1 month ago

Katie Krecklow

Katie Krecklow

In Memory of Emmett 1 month ago

Stacey Mueller

Stacey Mueller

With much love for the Finnell family 1 month ago

Papa McKing and Grandma Susie

Papa McKing and Grandma Susie

In Memory of our great grandson, Emmett. We love you and miss you! 1 month ago