I can’t imagine any pain greater than losing a child. While I am grateful that I have never experienced such pain first hand I find myself inspired by parents who somehow find the strength and willpower to keep going and to keep living. Their life is forever changed by the loss of their child and yet through their loss comes an ability to change the lives of others by giving of their hearts and making a difference.
As reported by ABC a West Philadelphia couple “turned the traffic loss of their first child into hope for others.” The Mallery’s baby girl Ana spent the beginning of her life inside the neo-natal intensive unit at the hospital. According to ABC she was never given one diagnosis despite having multiple medical needs. Ana was able to go home and for 11 months her parents celebrated each milestone she accomplished knowing everything that happened in her life was of great significance.
The Mallerys had a large amount of medical supplies for their daughter who was continuously receiving treatment during the duration of her life. Following Ana’s death in February they were left with the supplies and were unable to return them. So they started a project in order to donate and collect supplies for others that were in need. Their plan is to first donate to their community here in the U.S. and “hopefully overseas.” Kate Mallery, Ana’s mother, notes that a large amount of “good medical supplies” ends up discarded.
Tom Mallery sums up his feelings beautifully when he says, “The fact that Ana has passed away and her growth has stopped doesn’t mean that the growth of healing of other kids and other people needs to stop.” The strength of these two parents is inspiring, as is their desire to help others while honoring the memory of their child. For more on this touching story visit ABC.
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