A few days ago my best of friends - I call her my sister, sent me a quick email about something very dear to her heart. She had learned about The Tears Foundation, and their Rock & Walk fundraising events.
The Tears Foundation is near and dear to our hearts as my niece, Ava Jean, passed away just six weeks ago. My sister believes that Ava lives on in the good we can do in her name, and I wholeheartedly agree. I can’t imagine not walking in Avas name,and earning as much money as we can to help families who have not only suffered the worst possible loss but are now faced with funeral costs that might be an unmanageable burden.
This is also near and dear to another good friend who lives here in Ogden, Utah. I met Mikaela this year and we became fast friends. Shes an amazing lady, the momma to a beautiful lil 4 year old gal named Hunter (I just love that lil buddy!), and Paikea who would have been 5 this year. Paikea passed away October of 2006 after 9 brave days.
I brought up the trip to Mikki, and she joyfully agreed to join me on this journey! We will be leaving Utah, stopping through Oregon to visit her family and maybe some friends, and then ending up at the Tears walk in Tacoma to walk in honor of both of these beautiful girls we lost but love. We are making this epic journey towing my little vintage trailer, and our three kids under the age of 7! A challenge? You bet! But we’re so very excited and honored to be able to do it.
The TEARS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to compassionately lift a financial burden from families who have lost a baby by providing funds to assist with the cost of burial or cremation services.
They believe that every baby’s life deserves to be honored and memorialized in accordance with the grieving parents’ wishes and are committed to helping bereaved parents with this experience.
They also believe that every grieving parent deserves access to ongoing bereavement support. Therefore, they also offer parents comprehensive bereavement care in the form of grief support groups and peer companions.
The Rock & Walk is The TEARS Foundation’s signature event where participants register to walk and to “rock” in rocking chairs placed at the event. The rocking chairs signify the reason we are there- to support families through the loss of a baby. This inspiring event brings hope and healing as we walk in honor of the children who have gone too soon and as we walk to support other families who will face this devastating loss in the future. Walk in honor of a child or simply walk in support of others in your community.
We will be walking in the June 16th Rock & Walk in Tacoma, Washington – at Cheney Stadium. The team has not been set up yet, but as soon as it is- information will be provided.
From this point on, my shop, Silver Firs Farm will be for fundraising for this event. Your purchases will help us fund travel to the event (2200 miles total!), help us with our registration fees, and to fundraise and donate as much as possible to the Tears Foundation. The foundations goal is to raise $40,000 from this event- with your help I’d like to see them reach that goal and I’m going to earn every bit I can to get them there!
Soon I will be developing two product lines in honor of Ava and Paikea, I’ll update regularly about our trip and the walk – it is so important to me that we honor these beautiful girls to the best of our ability, and that we make it a fun trip we will cherish forever.
More updates coming soon. Thank you all for your support <3