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Wishbone Foundation Golf Tournament

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BENEFITING: WISHBONE FOUNDATION

Lisa Arrington

THE STORY:

November 6, 2011, a day that was supposed to be filled with excitement and joy turned into a day filled with sorrow and longing. Mia Elle was born sleeping at 3:34pm that Sunday afternoon, and our lives have never been the same.

I had a flawless pregnancy, textbook perfect, and Mia was always a healthy baby. There was never any reason to believe she wouldn't come home with us. At 36 weeks into my pregnancy we found out Mia was breech and if she didn’t turn she would have to be delivered via C-section. Wanting to avoid a C-section, I started researching how to flip babies in utero, and went to a prenatal acupuncturist and prenatal chiropractor who specialized in breech babies. What I didn’t know, was that Mia would never be able to turn because she was so terribly tangled in her umbilical cord that she couldn't move.

Saturday, November 5th, would be the last time I would ever feel Mia move inside of me. It was a wonderful, sunny day in November. Michael and I spent the day in Boulder and ate at a new restaurant, trying to eat out as much as possible before Mia’s arrival. We felt her kicking that night as we sat on the sofa watching TV. Then, without warning, no contractions, my water broke. We were so excited and nervous, knowing we were going to meet our little girl. We quickly grabbed our things and went to the hospital. When we arrived I told the nurse Mia was breech and that I would need a C-section because I didn’t think she turned yet. She performed an ultrasound to verify Mia’s positioning, and asked if we ever had trouble finding her heartbeat. I said “No” and she went to get the doctor. A doctor who I never met before came in and said she couldn’t find Mia’s heartbeat either. At this point, I still didn’t think anything was wrong. Why would there be anything wrong? Who goes 37.5 weeks with a flawless pregnancy and doesn’t come home with their baby? Another doctor came in, looked at the ultrasound, and confirmed the unimaginable. We had lost Mia forever.

We delivered Mia the next afternoon. She was perfect, absolutely beautiful with a full head of dark hair, a little round face and button nose. 6lbs 8oz, 19.5 inches long, and now an angel. After delivery, we had 24 hours to create as many memories as possible. Our third nurse was very helpful with this. Being in a state of shock, I didn’t even know where to begin. She contacted a professional photographer who volunteered with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and she came to the hospital at 9:00pm to photograph Mia. She gave us over 100 beautiful pictures, some of my most prized possessions. We have ceramic molds of her hands and feet, clippings of her hair, a seashell the chaplain used while blessing her, and the memory of what it felt like to hold her in our arms.

Throughout the grieving process, we met several families who also lost their children. One couple, who lost their daughter four days before we lost Mia, started The Wishbone Foundation. Their goal is to send as many labor and delivery nurses and doctors to bereavement trainings so they are better prepared to help families through a devastating loss. Once a year they hold a fundraiser to accomplish this task. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation in Mia’s name to The Wishbone Foundation. 1 in 160 pregnancies results in a stillbirth each year in the United States (roughly 26,000; averaging one every 20 minutes). We can’t bring Mia back, but we can help other families who had to endure a parent’s worst nightmare, saying good-bye to their child.

Thank you,
Lisa and Michael Arrington

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To This Fundraiser

$1,915

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Harrington Family

    $20

  • The Cook Family

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Mike Kirwan

    $20

  • Swinton-DeMeritt family

    $10

  • The Morin/McMaster family

     

  • Tara and Nick Wiest

    $20

  • Kathleen & Scott Mercaldo

    $25

  • Missy Iandiorio

    $100

  • Tricia Farengo

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Sheila Waheed

    $100

  • Andrea and Jordan Pack

    $50

  • The Replogles

    $25

  • The Hansens

    $10

  • Trisha Quint

    $50

  • bobbie jordan

    $25

  • The Goldfarbs

    $25

  • Athena and Rick

    $100

  • Christy Markley

    $50

  • Mia Arrington

     

  • Debbie & Sam Iandiorio

    $250

  • Christine and a Frank Shultz

    $50

  • Matt, Tessa, Celia, Tom, Joe and John Tripi

    $100

  • Mia and Alex Gorrell

    $20

  • Danielle McBride RN

    $20

  • Jennifer & Jason Lawrence

    $50

  • Nanny

    $100

  • Lucie Tran

    $50

  • Kate and Rob Brophy

    $25

  • Lee and Michael Kolbert

    $50

  • The Montanas

     

  • Anna Filatov

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Suzanne Fleres & Joey

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jason Fogland

    $125

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77% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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The Team: $1,915 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Lisa Arrington

Amount Raised

$1,915

 

77% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Donor Comments

Jason Fogland

Jason Fogland

DONATION: $125

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

Suzanne Fleres & Joey

Suzanne Fleres & Joey

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $30

Your are always in our thoughts and I am so proud of you for sharing your story of Mia. Xoxo 4 years ago

Anna Filatov

Anna Filatov

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

The Montanas

The Montanas

Thinking of the Arringtons and support your work to help this cause. 5 years ago

Lee and Michael Kolbert

Lee and Michael Kolbert

DONATION: $50

In honor of Mia (and our little Samantha who would turn 22 on April 14, 2014). 5 years ago

Kate and Rob Brophy

Kate and Rob Brophy

DONATION: $25

In loving memory of Mia Elle. 5 years ago

Lucie Tran

Lucie Tran

DONATION: $50

5 years ago