September 02, 2017
BENEFITING: TEARS FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Sep 16, 2017
The TEARS Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that compassionately assists newly bereaved families with their baby’s funeral expenses and with ongoing emotional support. The TEARS Foundation's Rock & Walk event is a time for our community to gather, to walk and to rock, and lift up the families in our local communities who have been affected by the loss of a child.
Our daughter, Kayla Kathryn Billand was stillborn at 22 weeks 2 days. We started the day as any normal, happy day of my pregnancy, even going over shower plans with family. That night I was having what felt like cramps, but I called my doctor to be sure and she advised that I go in and get checked out. In OB triage they quickly found our baby's heartbeat and we felt a sigh of relief, but 5 minutes later our world fell apart when we were told I was 4 centimeters dilated, my water was leaking and if I delivered now, our baby would not survive. Twelve hours later, on March 24th, 2013 our beautiful daughter was born sleeping and we held her in our arms to say our first hello and our last goodbye.
We were blessed with amazing family and friends who were able to support us both emotionally and financially and made it possible to lay our sweet baby to rest like she deserved and give her a gravestone, a symbol to show everyone who wandered by how much she was loved and wanted. We will never be able to thank our family enough for giving us a place to visit her, a place to go when we need to feel close to her. However many families are not that lucky so we are walking to help raise funds so other grieving families can properly lay their angels to rest.