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  • On February 2, 2009, we miscarried our first baby, Abigail Grace Prince. There is not a day that goes by that we do not think of her and miss her with our whole hearts. There will always be someone missing from our family. As we continue to live in our “new normal” since her death, we have felt called to be advocates and a voice for those suffering the grief of pregnancy and infant loss. For the second year in a row, we will be participating in the Cribs for Kids Breath of Life Stroll. Cribs for Kids provides resources and education on how to prevent infant sleep death. They also run local support groups for those who have suffered miscarriages and stillbirths. Their mission is so amazing, and we ask that you make a donation to them through our team. Just $50 provides a safe sleeping space for a family in need. As we walk to honor our first daughter, we hope to raise awareness and erase the stigma associated with infant loss and miscarriage. We are one in four, and we hope that our participation helps break the silence while raising money for an awesome cause. Thank you and God bless!

    The Prince Family

  • Welcome to our new fundraising page. As many of you know we have participated in the Annual Breath of Life Stroll over the last 6 years in efforts to honor Connor and continue to raise awareness and education around SIDS. Cribs for Kids not only helped us through our journey called grief, but it continues to provide bereavement support to families, education programs to caregivers and safe sleep materials to new families. My hope is that by sharing our story you too will want to become involved in helping us promote education and services around the safe sleep initiative to keep other families from experiencing the dangers of unsafe sleep environments.

    On September 5, 2012 we welcomed Connor Patrick Talik into our family. We were all set. We had our two healthy boys and thought that we were the luckiest people in the world. Connor was growing and thriving and getting used to his big brother, Jackson, who was already smitten with his baby brother.

    Then, November 29, 2012 came and changed our world forever. I had just been back to work for not even two week and trying to get settled into a routine. The mornings were crazy but in a fun kind of way, they way you

    would expect it to be with two little boys. I remember getting Jackson ready that morning and him helping me feed Connor just before we left. I dropped both boys off at the babysitter’s just as I had done before and never gave it another thought. I got to work and on with my day. Then, around noon my phone rang and it was the police department calling to say that there was an accident involving one of my sons at the sitter’s house. I was asked to contact my husband and to meet at Children’s Hospital. The police would not tell us anything other than to come to the hospital. I raced there with a heavy heart. I was about halfway to the hospital when my heart realized that Connor had passed away during his morning nap.

    As we continue to search for answers as to what happened that morning, we are hopeful that we can help lead an initiative to educate and support the studies around SIDS research. We have learned that Connor was put to sleep on his tummy that morning and as a result died of SUIDS. This is Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Syndrome – a form of SIDS. They major difference between the two types is the sleep positions. There are still so many unanswered questions about what causes SIDS and SUIDS and how to prevent it.

    Please join us to honor Connor’s memory and also to raise awareness about SIDS. You can walk alongside us or simply donate to “Connor’s Cruisers” in his honor.

  • Gizmo’s butterflies walks in remembrance of Gregory Roy Brown, a.k.a. Gizmo. Gizmo was born October 3, 2013 and died January 28, 2014. He was the little brother to Tiana, and older brother to Ezekiel.

  • Jamela is our angel. She was only here on earth with us for a short time. We do the walk every year in memory of her and all the babies lost. Jamela touched the hearts of many and still does. WE ARE #JAMELASANGELS

  • In memory of Letisha Anne Ufolla
    November 20, 1988 – December 20, 1988

    My daughter, Letisha, was only a month old when she passed away. She was a beautiful, healthy, happy baby. When she died, I lost a part of me I would never get back. I buried the loss for years, then I worked with Cribs for Kids. They were so supportive and made me realize I should be grieving and remembering Letisha.

    So in honor of Letisha, we started our team to help other families. The money raised helps parents learn about safe sleeping and will provide a safe place to sleep. They also work closely with the medical community.

    We are so fortunate to have a great organization to help support us in remembering our loved ones. We appreciate your help in raising money for this wonderful organization!

    If you would like to help us remember Letisha, please donate to Cribs for Kids! Please share this page with friends and family.

    Thank you for always supporting our team,

    Rita

  • Magee Mother Baby Unit team is made of some of the wonderful staff from 3700/3800 at Magee-Women’s Hospital.

    Nearly 11,000 babies are born each year at Magee. This accounts for nearly 45% of all births in Allegheny County.

    We provide education for safe sleep practices to all families.

    We hope to continue to raise awareness for this great organization.

  • In honor of Norah Claire Guerke
    Our Littlest Love
    2/24/2018 – 6/15/2018

    Norah provided our family with the best 111 days of our lives. Her spirit lives on, as she continues to touch the lives of many.

    Please join us in celebration of Norah’s life, as we walk to raise awareness, and hope to ultimately eliminate the tragic and sudden deaths of infants.

    Your donation will help this organization continue to provide bereavement support, which has greatly benefited us directly, as well as educational programs to caregivers, and safe sleep environments to families.

    Thank you for helping us continue to shine Norah’s Light!

  • Join us in raising awareness for safe sleep education and to provide portable cribs for families in need in memory of Preston!

    On Sunday, September 30th, we will be waking in memory of Preston at the 10th Annual Breath of Life Stroll. All funds raised directly benefit Cribs For Kids, an organization that focuses on safe sleep education and outreach.

    We are grateful for all of the support we receive. While saying that, we would love for you to join our team and walk beside us to support such a great cause while honoring Preston! The support of our friends and family while honoring Preston means a great deal to us.

    Hakuna Matata!

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  • In Memory of Rachel Lynn

    Rachel Lynn Romasco was born on July 3, 1986. We called her our little firecracker; she was a very healthy, loveable baby, who was loved by many. On August 7, she passed away from SIDS. During our time of mourning, Chuck and Jan Puskar, the founders of the organization, helped us through the grieving process.

    Looking back, S.I.D.S. of PA helped us greatly in our time of need. Therefore, we walk in Rachel’s memory, both to help support Cribs for Kids and to support others who have mourned such a devastating loss.

    Below are two poems written by Rachel’s family: Aunt Judy and cousin Deb.

    Rachel Lynn Romasco

    Such a dear little bundle
    Sent from heaven above
    It made us so humble
    And we surrounded her with love.

    She captured our hearts
    Right from the start
    So soft, sweet and precious
    She will always be with us.

    Sweet Baby Rachel

    Little Rachel Lynn
    Has surely been
    To all who loved her
    A blessing within

    Your very essence
    Is always in our presence
    Dear Little Rachel
    We know you’re happy in the heavens

    Oh, Baby Rachel
    You are terribly missed
    You’re in our hearts forever
    We loved you little darling

    Little Rachel Lynn
    Has surely been
    To all who loved her
    A blessing within

  • The day Scarlett was born was the best day of our lives. She was born at 11:25 AM on August 31, 2015, a happy and healthy 6 lbs 4 oz and 20 inches long, perfect in every way. From that moment on, she was the center of our universe.

    Scarlett loved her Mama and Dada. She said “Dada” all the time. She could say Mama, but she said Dada much more often. One day shortly before she passed, her Mama came home from work and Scarlett said “Mama! Mama!” over and over. It was the greatest gift her Mama ever received.

    Scarlett loved our pets, he fur siblings. Scarlett loved books. Her favorite book was “Barnyard Dance” by Sandra Boynton. Her Mama would read it to her while her Dada would mimic the lines of the song by doing a dance. Her face would light up, she would clap and say “Yaaaaay!” Scarlett loved music. Her favorite song was “You are My Sunshine,” which became the theme for her first birthday party.

    Scarlett loved life. She loved laughing and playing. She loved walking and clapping. She loved pointing our her belly, her nose, her eyes, and her ears. She loved exploring and getting into trouble. She loved testing us and pushing her limits. She loved touching things, pulling things apart, ripping things up and putting things back together. She loved blowing kisses. She loved, she loved and she loved.

    On January 7, 2017, Scarlett came down with a mild cold and had a slight fever. We gave her a bath, a final performance of “Barnyard Dance” and put her to sleep. A few hours later, her Mama went to check on her, and Scarlett was not breathing in her crib. Scarlett was taken to the hospital where doctors determined there was nothing they could do. Scarlett earned her angel wings shortly after 1 AM on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

    We do not know what took Scarlett from us. Her death is considered Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). SUDC is a category of death in children between the ages of 1 and 18 that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including autopsy. Most often, a seemingly healthy child goes to sleep and never wakes up. At this time, we do not know what causes SUDC, how to predict it or how to prevent it.

    There is no measurement for the size of our love for Scarlett or the hole left behind when she left us.

    This day, and every day, we walk for Scarlett. Every step, every breath is for her. We live every day so that she is remembered.

    We also honor all of Scarlett’s Angel friends. We became involved with Cribs for Kids through its bereavement group, Healing Hearts.

    You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.”

  • SHEALYN MARIE SCHMIDT
    September 7, 1994 – November 24, 1994
    Mommy’s Angel

  • Please join the Still Remembered Project’s team for the Cribs for Kids 10th annual Breath of Life Stroll as we raise awareness for pregnancy and infant loss and remember our precious babies gone too soon!

    The Still Remembered Projects is a Pittsburgh based nonprofit that provides bereaved parents and families Christian based support and encouragement for a loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death. Our efforts offer hope and healing through all stages of the grief journey. We provide remembrance keepsakes such as memory boxes, miscarriage care packages and sibling bags to local Pittsburgh hospitals, funeral homes and directly to bereaved families. Our organization hosts a monthly peer-based support group for mothers and we also come together with the bereavement community to raise awareness for pregnancy and infant loss.

    We would be so blessed to have you walk alongside us on Sept. 30th! With October being Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, what better way to kick off October!

    Always Still Remembering…

    The SRP Team

  • On February 11, 2013, Areanna was born at 6 lbs 10 oz. She became a little sister to Madison and made proud parents of two little girls. She never cried, was always happy. She read a book every night with her mom to her big sister; throughout the day watched Madison play with amazement in her eyes. Arey went to the museum at just a few weeks old and went with mommy on very long strolls. She went to the park and even down the slide, but have no fear, Madi was by her side! She loved Oreos we must admit. Arey had her first drive-in movie, laying in the back of the truck all of us so happy to have her lil’ butt! Even saw a bellydance show. But we didn’t stop there, we camped in Ohio. There we went to an amusement park, where she had her first ride. Went to a hatchery and fed the fish you see. But our time was coming short, we didn’t know so soon. On your last day of life, mom took her to the pool. She loved to splash and play.

    And as that day come to end, she rested her head upon mom’s breast, and one last smile before off to bed. June 2, 2013, God took a stroll through his flower garden, he chose to pluck one of his most beautiful flowers for his own.

    Your passing will not be in vain. Every breath I take, every step I take, your name will live on. Please donate or join our team in  Areanna’s loving memory. I hope you never have to own this pain of losing a child, and that is why we will raise awareness. Even if we can save one baby, one mother’s soul from breaking, my heart will be at ease.

    Bless you, all and thank you!

    Beth and Madison

  • Please help us to raise awareness for this cause in honor of Bryson, and help save babies lives!

    Bryson Joseph Belletti was born on September 5, 2014, at 5:09 pm. He weighed 8lbs 3oz and was 21 inches long. 

    He was a thriving, healthy, chubby little baby boy. He loved snuggling, smiling, and playing with his big sister, Leila. 

    He was truly the happiest baby in the world. He was perfect, and we thought we were the luckiest people on earth. 

    On November 14, 2014, that perfect world that we knew all came crumbling down in pieces. Bryson stopped breathing while napping on the couch at the babysitter’s house. 

    We have since learned that Bryson died from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).

    Every year, 4,000 babies die due to this unknown cause. 

    While we may never have answers as to what exactly happened to our sweet baby boy that day, we want to honor his memory by helping educate others about SUID/SIDS and safe sleep practices. 

    Please join us this year as we walk with Cribs for Kids in the Annual Breath of Life Stroll. 

    You are welcome to come walk with us, or simply make a donation in memory of Bryson. Donations of any size are appreciated. 

    Please help us raise awareness for this cause and help save babies lives!

     

    Thank you!

    Kacie, Joe, Leila, and Matthew

  • The Safe Sleep Committee of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is committed to spreading awareness and proving education about safe sleep.  CHP is a hospital partner and Gold Certified Hospital through the Cribs For Kids.  As a committee, we have been a part of the Breath of Life Stroll for several years and are excited to continue this tradition.  Our goal this year is to raise $1000 to provide safe sleeping environments and education to families in need.

  • Team Peej walks in memory of Paul Joseph Conklin AKA Peej.  He was born on December 30, 3013. He passed away, in his sleep, on February 28, 2014.  Since he has passed, we have participated in the Breath of Life Strolls. Cribs for Kids provides education & a safe place for babies to sleep.  Please join us at the Stroll or donate to this wonderful organization, in memory of Paul Conklin.

  • Our maternity program focuses on helping our members have a safe journey into motherhood. This journey begins before conception with nutrition, self-management of chronic health conditions and living a healthy lifestyle. It continues with appropriate prenatal care, identification of risk factors, and the prevention, early identification, and treatment of complications. The ideal outcome is the delivery of a healthy full-term infant and a healthy postpartum period in a supportive environment. The UPMC Health Plan Maternity Program offers support to women enrolled in all applicable UPMC Health Plan insurance products. An experienced maternity nurse serves as a health coach throughout the continuum of a woman’s pregnancy including the postpartum period. Our program staff link members to appropriate resources to support mom during their pregnancy and the postpartum period (self and infant care, breastfeeding support, screening and referral for postpartum depression treatment). UPMC Health Plan is an active partner with the Cribs for Kids organization to provide a safe sleep environment to our members for their infants.

  • In Loving Memory of Cassandra Suzanne Holmes
    11/11/12 – 1/26/13

    Our daughter, Cassie, died suddenly and unexpectedly when she was just 2 months old.  She was beautiful and perfectly healthy yet her life was abruptly cut short.  

    The Healing Hearts bereavement services provided by Cribs for Kids was instrumental in the beginning stages of our grief journey.  Cribs for Kids provides safe sleep materials to families in need and safe sleep education to caregivers and the medical community all with the goal of helping every baby sleep safer.

    As part of our journey in honoring Cassie’s life, we aspire to help in saving other babies and families from the tragedy of SIDS.  We appreciate your help in raising funds for Cribs for Kids through the Breath of Life Stroll to support the organization in continuing their work.  

    We are fortunate to have an awesome support network.  Together we will raise more money for Cribs for Kids than we ever could alone!  The donation process is fast, easy and secure. Thanks so much for your support… and please don’t forget to send this page to any friends you think might be interested in donating!

Is your team not listed above? Contact Andrea Wilson via e-mail at awilson@cribsforkids.org with your team description and a photo for your section.