So incredibly thankful...
May 15, 2017
In August 2011, Greg and I found out we were pregnant with our first child. We were thrilled to become parents and as our due date approached, we anticipated the day we would finally meet our daughter. I had a healthy pregnancy and enjoyed all the things most first time moms do...hearing our baby's heartbeat for the first time, seeing her on the ultrasound machine, learning that our baby was a girl, feeling her first kicks inside my belly, celebrating at my baby shower with family and friends, setting up her beautiful nursery....we had no idea the devastation that lie ahead. On May 25th, 2012, when I was 41 weeks pregnant, we found out that our daughter no longer had a heartbeat. I can still remember those moments so vividly and the sheer devastation and heartbreak that my husband and I experienced. While we waited for our parents to arrive, I was induced into labor and the whole time I was preparing to deliver Avery, I kept hoping and praying that this was all a mistake. 28 hours later, on May 26, 2012 at 5:06pm Avery was born but we did not hear our baby cry. She weighed 7lbs 14oz, had a head full of dark brown hair and was absolutely beautiful.
We were discharged from the hospital without our baby, with an empty carseat in the back of our car and only a small box that holds her memories. My husband and I lost of piece of our hearts and were sent back into the real world feeling lost and unsure of how to live without our daughter and the future we had planned. Thankfully, we found the Tears Foundation....a group of incredible people who have experienced similar loss and understood what we were going through. Through Tears, I received great emotional support and comfort knowing that I wasn't alone. I learned that I could still be a mother to Avery and that I could help others by sharing my story. It has been 5 years since Avery died and we miss her every single day. I am now also a mom to 2 sweet little boys, but I will always, always be a mom to a little girl who only lives in my heart.
On May 21, 2017 we will walk in the annual Tears Foundation Walk and Rock as a family to remember and honor Avery and to raise money to help others who find themselves in our shoes. We are so grateful for the Tears Foundation and the strength and support they have given us through such tragedy. From the moment you find out you are pregnant, you begin to plan for your child. You envision the special memories you will make as a new family, reaching milestones, birthday celebrations, and your child's future. The plan you never make is the emotional devastation and unexpected cost of having to bury your child.
The Tears Foundation is a non-profit organization that assists bereaved parents with the financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their precious baby who has died. Tears also provides peer support meetings that give parents the opportunity to talk about their child and their healing process in the presence of other parents who truly understand. REGISTRATION: Registration is $10, children 12 and under receive free admission. You may purchase a personalized Rock & Walk t-shirt by April 9, 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. Location: Bradley Beach Boardwalk Bradley Beach, NJ 07712 Time: 9:30am- 1pm Thank you for helping us support bereaved families.