Amy and Adam Balentine, and You Made Me Mom, are raising funds to serve bereaved families, as well as families facing life-limiting diagnosis in utero. The fundraiser will last the same duration of Amy and Adam’s son Simon’s brief but mighty life(May 14, 2020 at 9:55pm through May 21, 2020 at 10:17pm).
Why do the Balentines ask for support from you?
We strongly believe in supporting the bereaved family during the initial stages of shock and grief, and we invite you to be a part of blessing those special families. Once you know there is a need, you cannot unknow it. Having lost two sons in 2014 and another baby in May 2020, the Balentine's passion is to serve and walk through the brokenness with families who are anticipating or experiencing a loss of their child. Your tax free donation will be processed through the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, You Made Me Mom, a support group that Amy leads focused to care for bereaved mothers who have lost babies during pregnancy or infancy. The cradle will be donated in memory of the Balentine’s two sons who both died - Simon who lived one week, and Thomas who died at 13 weeks gestation.
COVID-19 has changed our world, but it will not change the reality that babies die in utero and shortly after birth. During the COVID-19 pandemic, You Made Me Mom support group continues to meet virtually, allowing our city chapters to meet as one and including women from all over North America. This year, funds are being raised for a bereavement cradle for Kosciusko Community Hospital, located in Warsaw, Indiana 20 minutes south of our You Made Me Mom Indiana chapter. Will you help us raise funds for a CuddleCot bereavement cradle system?
What is a bereavement cradle?
A bereavement cradle system, a CuddleCot, 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 instead of transferring between the morgue. This support tool grants the family precious, dignified and uninterrupted bonding 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. This bereavement cradle provides memory making time which aids in grief and healing.
The campaign goal is $3,800. The CuddleCot system costs $2,800. Operational costs for You Made Me Mom annually is $1,000. If we raise over this amount, we would be honored to donate another cradle to another hospital that doesn’t have a bereavement cradle.
Starting in 2015, this campaign funding has provided:
-Operational cost for You Made Me Mom
-8 bereavement cradles in Kansas City and Alabama
-You Made Me Mom promotional video
-You Made Me Mom's 501(c)(3) status
-You Made Me Mom’s Helpguide, Known
-You Made Me Mom website
-Hope to the bereaved mother, family and friends
-You Made Me Mom chapter expansion to Milford, Indiana and Wichita, Kansas
-Travel expenses for chapter leaders to meet one another
-Travel expenses for Amy to appear on Wichita news to promote You Made Me Mom
-Service to over 500 attendees at monthly meetings and thousands Nationally through the Known helpguide and website resources
-Membership to Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance
-Ability for Amy to speak at 13 conferences and moms groups
-Meeting rental fees for the Indiana chapter
-Replacement CuddleCot for St. Luke’s Hospital Kansas City Plaza
#simonsgiftoftime bereavement cradle testimonies:
The Balentine's have had the opportunity to meet several of the families that have utilized the cradles that YOU have generously helped donate. When the Balentines walk into this sacred labor and delivery space where a child has died, they are reminded why they do this campaign every year. These cradles truly do give memory making time to these families. To meet these families yourself, check out these short testimonies of their use of cradles donated through #simonsgiftoftime:
Thank you for considering a donation to the bereavement cradle fund. Your donation gives a shocked, grieving family TIME with their baby memory making.
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The Balentines -Amy, Adam, Teddy, Simon, Thomas, Peter and Goldie