BENEFITING: TEARS FOUNDATION
EVENT: Massachusetts Rock & Walk
EVENT DATE: Jun 25, 2017
Michelle Larkin wrote -
On November 5, 2014 during my last ultrasound appointment before my scheduled C-section the next day, I heard the words that forever changed our lives, "I'm sorry there is no heartbeat". Our sweet Ethan was 37 weeks and 6 days gestation.
The concerns I had expressed to my doctor just 5 days before that I was feeling the baby's movements decrease dramatically were not taken seriously. His response was just that "there was not alot of room for the baby to move. He is a big baby you know". Never did he warn me of the very real possibility that my precious baby could have been experiencing fetal distress.
After delivery Ethan via C-section at 7:15pm that evening, we had our first and last moments with our sweet baby. Neither our hearts nor our minds could comprehend how this could have happened, let alone begin discussing or planning funeral and burial arrangments for our precious baby. We are extremely lucky to have an amazing support system and very good friends who own a funeral home who offered to not only plan but also cover any necessary expenses involved with the funeral and burial of our sweet baby. I truely do not know that we would have been able to plan or pay for the services that our sweet baby deserved. We also accpeted our Church's offering to bury or sweet Ethan in the children's section of our local cemetary for free as well. The only thing we were financially responsible for was his grave marker and luckily we were able to afford to do so. However, there are many families who do not have the same support available to them or financial abilities to cover the necessary expenses.
Never should have a family have to make burial and funeral arrangements for a baby based on their finances. The Tears Foundation's mission is to help make sure that no family will be faced with that type of decision.
We walk for the Tears Foundation to honor our son Ethan Joseph Larkin and his memory. Although his life on this earth was cut far too short, we want his memory and his life to never be forgotten. We walk to honor all those babies who's life was cut short to make sure the world knows they did live. We walk to make sure no family has to make burial decisions for their sweet angels based on finances. We walk to make sure every baby's grave site has their name and date of birth listed for the world to see for eternity.
We hope that you will join us to make sure all babies are honored properly. Please join our team and help raise money for this very important cause or donate to Team Ethan. Please help make sure no family has to be faced with the most difficult decisions during the worst time in their lives.
Thank you in advance!
Michelle & Kevin Larkin
The TEARS Foundation is offering an exciting opportunity for the community to become involved with a growing and inspiring event. 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
REGISTRATION: Registration is $10, children 12 and under receive free admission. You may purchase a personalized Rock & Walk t-shirt by May 25, 2017. A limited amount of non personalized shirts may be available for purchase at the walk. You may also make your own team shirts.
FORM A TEAM: Gather your family members, friends, and co-workers to walk in memory of a child you wish to honor or walk in support of families in our community.
FUNDRAISE: 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.