First of all, this blog post is inspired by and dedicated to my dear friend Tracey, who has been extremely diligent in helping to raise funds for us to cover our medical expenses through Youcaring.com. She couldn't stand the fact that we would still have bills to pay after not being able to bring Kenley home, and so she started a fundraising page to help us out. So far, over 44 people have donated various amounts to us, bringing the grand total to date to $2,709. While our bills are still more than that, it is a huge burden off our shoulders, and we are eternally grateful to her efforts - and to all of the people who selflessly donated on our behalf. In one of her recent updates, she mentioned that a foundation should be started to help families who have experienced loss to pay their bills. I completely agree. It is not fair to lose your child and then actually pay a hospital for the time you spent there. After all, these families don't get to bring their baby home. They don't get to hear their child's laughter. They don't get to breathe in their wonderful baby scent. They just get wheeled out of the doors, empty handed and broken hearted. And then, they get to spend the next few weeks on pins and needles, anticipating the first dreaded bill. The bill that twists the knife even deeper. I actually received one of those bills today. I opened the envelope, full well knowing what it was, but still feeling like I'd been punched in the face. My daughter is dead, and yet the bills keep coming. Fortunately for me, I have a wonderfully generous support system. However, not everyone does. Not everyone is as lucky as I am. And some women and their babies have far more complications in the hospital, leading to a more prolonged ordeal and an even higher bill. I don't know what I can really do to help these families, but I know I want to at least try. So, here's how I want to start:
If you have any ideas of how to create a charity of this sort, how to manage it, how to get it off the ground, who to contact, where to start researching, etc., please leave me a comment at the end of this post. Emails can be sent to KenleyNinja@gmail.com. (Please do not comment on Facebook. I only liked there today because I wanted to get this idea to as many people as possible) All advice and assistance is welcome.
Please share this post with anyone whom you think may be able to give me a hand in brainstorming or organizing ideas. (via facebook or any other means you think might help) I don't know what this entails, or even if I have what it takes to make it happen, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Thanks for your support! Maybe we will help just one local family. Maybe more. Who knows?