Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Making a difference ...

In January we were contacted and asked to take on the role of California state directors for an organization called the Missing Grace Foundation, and their sub movement of the Hopes and Hearts run.

Missing GRACE Foundation's mission is to provide resources and support for families that have experienced: pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility or adoption and to advocate for comprehensive, patient-focused prenatal care for all women. Five core areas encompass the heart of the mission: Grieve, Restore, Arise, Commemorate and Educate (to quote their actual mission statement!).

They’ve branched off and are attempting to create nationwide Hope and Heart runs (I believe it’s a 5k). It is a memorial run, and was designed to give parents that special time to remember their children as well as raise money for awareness (to local hospital bereavement centers, etc.). They are naming each area’s run after the name of the director … can you imagine in LA County … “Grace and Olivia’s Hopes and Hearts run”??? Yea … so could I.

Anyway, all that to say we said no. The responsibility level is more then we have to give at the moment. I have a passion for HP and the movements that could be made in pastor education and church awareness. While I sadly missed the BOD meeting, I can’t wait for next year’s conference. Our heart as a couple is more for the ability to cause awareness and educate (there’s those words again). The memorial aspect of it all is something that we believe to be important, however at this point, it’s not where we want to serve.

However, if YOU would be interested in this, please let me know! I could pass your name along and soon we’ll be seeing walks everywhere … sound good? There are NO pg/infant loss activities in LA County. A huge portion of our area is being missed! All it takes is one willing person!

LBMMC is an incredible hospital, and our experience w/ L&D and the aftermath of loss there was a very good one (in regards to dealing with the staff and the things they did to assist us). I constantly hear stories of births in other hospitals where the situation is awful. A small walk, a bit of fundraising and bereavement programs can be started at other hospitals. We have the ability to change the experience some mothers will have!

No pressure. ;-)

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