Thursday, September 25, 2014

Helping Others in James's Memory

As most of you know, Betty and I had a stillborn baby boy named James Richard Tanory on June 4th, 2014.

Let me start out by once again thanking everyone for your love, support and generosity.  We are so very touched at the way our friends, families - and even people we don't know! - have supported us.  You have no idea what it means to have your thoughts and prayers directed at us and our family.  We are truly blessed to have you in our lives!

Betty and I want to live our lives in a way that would make James proud of us.  We have been looking for ways to honor our son, help his name be remembered, and do something positive for the community in his name.  I'd like to share a few of those things with you.

For starters, our kids go to St. George in Baton Rouge, and St. George is about to begin construction on a new church as well as a new preschool / Early Childhood Building.  We are sponsoring a crucifix to be hung in the preschool, and James's name will be put on a plaque inside the school for everyone to see.  If you donated to the St. George building fund in James's name, this is where your donation is going.  We figured that James would have gone there, and the people at the nursery school (and big school) have been so wonderful to our family throughout the years, that we wanted to be a part of helping to build something great for the children.  Thank you so much for helping us make James's name visible at St. George.

St. Jude's Children's Hospital has a special place in our hearts.  Not only are they an amazing organization, but some of our friends had a daughter who was helped tremendously by St. Jude's.  If you have made a donation to St. Jude's in James's honor, please know how appreciative we are.  Having lost a child ourselves, we want to do everything we can to make sure that other people's children are taken care of.

Last, we are participating in two walks for organizations that help families that have had stillborn babies or miscarriages. The Maddie's Footprints Forever 2014 walk / 5K run is on Saturday, October 18th at 9 am in Lafayette, and the Shana Rae Project's Walk to Remember is on Friday, October 24th in Baton Rouge at Women's Hospital from 6-8 pm. I would like to invite you to walk with us.

The first event helps to raise money for Maddie's Footprints, which is an organization that helps parents who have had a stillbirth, miscarriage or who have lost an infant.  Maddie's Footprints has a special place in my heart, because it was started by two of my friends from high school, Lori Binnings McGrew and Travis McGrew, in honor of their daughter Madeline "Maddie" Noelle.  They are my inspiration, because they have not just lost themselves in grief but have made the world a better place through their daughter.

If you would like to walk with us or for someone else at the Maddie's Footprints 5K, you can find more information here:

Maddie's Footprints Forever 2014 - 1 Mile Fun Run / 5K

Or you can go directly to James's team's page by clicking here:

And more information about the Shana Rae Project's Walk to Remember can be found here:

Shana Rae Project's Walk to Remember

Thank you again for your support.  Betty and I can never express how much your love and support means to us.  God bless.