Ten years ago, Jesse Curtis Slack was born; he never drew a breath, and he never opened his eyes. His parents, Sanford and Sarah Slack, were devastated to realize that instead of buying a crib for Jesse, they were buying him a casket. To make matters worse, there wasn't enough money to buy Jesse a grave marker. Sarah held yard sales for nearly a year before she had saved enough money to buy that marker, and by then, a new dream had been born: she would establish a non-profit organization to help parents pay for their babies funeral expenses. The TEARS Foundation was born in November 2002, and since then, hundreds of Washington families have received financial assistance and emotional support services to help them with their grief in their darkest hours. Sarah's work with The TEARS Foundation has recently started expanding to other states, and it's all accomplished from a tiny little office in Puyallup. The TEARS Foundation hosts fundraising events and remembrance gatherings throughout the year, with the signature event being the Rock & Walk, where parents can see their babies' names in lights, and share their experiences with other families who have experienced infant loss. The 2011 Rock & Walk for Western Washington will be held at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, and we anticipate over 500 people will attend. Sarah Slack is making a big difference in her community, but it's one that isn't often seen unless you have been directly helped by TEARS. We need to raise awareness of this wonderful cause so more people can be helped, and know that there is hope after tragedy.
Changing tears to hope
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