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Simon's Gift of Time 2016

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May 23, 2016

The Balentine family and You Made Me Mom, for a second year in a row, with your help, raised $2,950 for a CuddleCot™ during the second  See more

BENEFITING: YOU MADE ME MOM INC

Amy Balentine

THE STORY:

 

I'm sorry. There's no heartbeat.

Parents never want to hear these life-changing words, but many do.  The Balentine family and You Made Me Mom, for a second year in a row, are raising $2,800 for a CuddleCot™ during the second anniversary week of Simon’s life (May 14, 2016 at 9:55pm through May 21, 2016 at 10:17pm).

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One Kansas City family, The Bogles, shares their CuddleCot story in a video here.  Sam and Jess Bogle went to St. Luke’s Hospital Kansas City fearing the worst and heard those five words, “I’m sorry.  There’s no heartbeat.”  They delivered their 24 week gestation little boy, Luke Vincent Bogle on December 1, 2015 and were able to use a cooling cot system called the CuddleCot to extend their time with Luke.  Weeks after Luke’s delivery, Sam felt led to attend a You Made Me Mom support group meeting.  You Made Me Mom was created as a place of fellowship for bereaved mothers who have lost babies during pregnancy and infancy. 

Amy and Adam Balentine hoped that the donation of the two CuddleCots in 2015 would aid families in the hospital but also hoped to provide further support through You Made Me Mom.  God truly answered this prayer, especially through connecting the Bogles and Balentines.

For a second year in a row, the Balentines are raising funds to donate another CuddleCot to a local Kansas City hospital. 

A staggering 26,000 families will experience the loss of their baby at birth in 2016 in the US alone.

The CuddleCot system is used to cool a baby who was stillborn or died shortly after birth so the baby may remain in the hospital room with the family. The CuddleCot grants the family precious, dignified and uninterrupted time with their child so they aren't forced to say goodbye just a few short hours after laying eyes on their son or daughter.

Your tax free donation will be processed through the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, You Made Me Mom, a ministry that Amy leads focused on support for bereaved mothers who have lost babies during pregnancy or infancy. 

The cot will be donated in memory of the Balentine’s two sons who both died in 2014 - Simon who lived one week, and Thomas who died at 13 weeks gestation.  

 Here are a few key things the CuddleCot provides:

  •  parents have time with baby
  •  no transferring baby back-and-forth between the morgue
  •  extended family time to meet the baby
  •  parents can bond with the baby as a family
  •  parents can sleep in the same room as the baby
  •  baby can stay with mom the entire time she is in the hospital

Costs:

  •  The CuddleCot system costs $2,764.00
  •   The Moses basket costs $35.00
  •   Our goal is to raise $2,800.00

Should we exceed our goal, we plan to use additional funds for You Made Me Mom.

Here are some of the ways any excess funds would be utilized in support of YMMM:

  •  printed materials
  •  support group books for bereaved mothers
  •  expansion of support with a focus on specific areas of loss such as infertility and pregnancy after loss

Thank you for considering a donation to the CuddleCot fund.  Your donation assists in reclaiming joy and time during loss.

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To read more about our story, visit our family blog: www.balentinememoris.com

Meet Simon here!

With Love,

- The Balentines -

Amy, Adam, Teddy, Simon, Thomas and Peter

$2,950

MONEY RAISED
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  • Amy Balentine

     

  • Jeremy and Monica Smith

    $100

  • Daniel, Jessica & Charlie Strom

    $25

  • Pascual Family

     

  • Brad and Blair Jackson

     

  • Janae, Phil, & Erik Anderson

     

  • Phillip & Charissa Ponzer

    $100

  • Antonucci

    $100

  • Jon & Britni Rowley

     

  • The Crick Family

    $25

  • Sam, Jess and Luke Bogle

    $50

  • The White Family. Dan, Michelle, Lucas and Emileigh

     

  • The Ebert Family

    $50

  • The Arthurs

    $100

  • John and Kylie Brewer

     

  • Joe and Melody Balentine

    $400

  • Rebecca

     

  • The Schulz Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Chrissy Hunt

     

  • Alicia Lea

     

  • Corey and Angie Gonzalez

    $25

  • The Kinkelaar Family

    $40

  • Bundick Family

     

  • Andrea

    $25

  • Crystal & Tarry Beasley

    $100

  • Mindy & Jim Scovell

    $25

  • Ryan, Jessica, & Owen Hannebaum

     

  • Ali Blake

    $100

  • Mollie Jones Hennes

    $50

  • The Philhour Family

     

  • Dana a.

    $30

  • Rachel

    $50

  • Jennifer W

    $50

  • Rachel Denlinger

     

  • The Barfell Family

    $50

  • Antonucci

    $105

  • Cate Brucks

     

  • Courtney Vogtner

    $50

  • The Gustafson Family

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

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105% Raised of $2,800 Goal

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The Team: $2,950 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

For sweet Simon and the incredible life he lived-and lived so well! 2 years ago

The Gustafson Family

The Gustafson Family

In memory of our sweet Boone 2 years ago

Courtney Vogtner

Courtney Vogtner

DONATION: $50

Prayers for Simon, Thomas, the Balentines, and all of the families missing their little angels. I truly admire how you honor your boys' memories by helping other families in their grief. 2 years ago

Cate Brucks

Cate Brucks

2 years ago

Antonucci

Antonucci

DONATION: $105

2 years ago

The Barfell Family

The Barfell Family

DONATION: $50

In memory of Simon Balentine 2 years ago

Rachel Denlinger

Rachel Denlinger

2 years ago

Jennifer W

Jennifer W

DONATION: $50

In honor of the Labor and Delivery staff at Saint Luke's Hospital who provide compassionate and loving care to families who experience the loss of a baby. Thank you to the Balentine family for providing the unit with something that is a help to so many families. 2 years ago

Rachel

Rachel

DONATION: $50

In memory of Simon 2 years ago

Dana a.

Dana a.

DONATION: $30

In memory of Hadley 2 years ago