Every now and then, we hear a story that makes us cry, but also...
...reminds us that there is good in the world.
Something that is tragic and sad, but also uplifting, and life-affirming.
Last month, the Crisis Nursery learned about Baby Lucas. Lucas was born on June 8, 2018, with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and double outlet right ventricle (DORV) condition, two congenital heart defects that would ultimately prove fatal. While his life was unfairly cut short at just five months, during his time on earth he brought love and light to all that knew him, including everyone at the children's hospital who aided his fight to survive.
He, like all of our kiddos, helps us remember how innocent and precious children are...and that we have a sacred duty to keep them safe and healthy.
But the story doesn't end there.
In the wake of their unfathomable loss, Lucas' parents have chosen not to grieve alone, but to celebrate his life by rallying others to support young kids in need, in Lucas' honor.
For Lucas’ first birthday in heaven, the family collected diapers and wipes for the children of the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery.
In addition, they have raised awareness of rare genetic disorders; participated in blood drives and collected swaddling blankets for Cardinal Glennon hospital; and built a community of friends and family who support one another.
Their openness, honesty, and generosity have helped others by highlighting the private struggles and challenges that many parents face.
Tragedies like the one that Lucas and his family experienced are so unexpected. Often, for obvious reasons, we only hear about the good parts of pregnancy, childbirth, and raising kids: the joy, knitting together a loving family, the feeling of interconnectedness and the exciting possibilities of new life.
But hearing these stories--and finding positive ways to respond to grief, loss, and hardship--helps others cope, and helps us all understand that in good times and bad we are in this together. We are a community. We must help one another in times of need, in times of grief, and celebrate the good when we can.
Lucas’ parents thought it best to honor his life with a diaper and wipe drive to benefit babies in need who come through the Nursery.
We are proud and honored to receive their tribute.
If you would like to show your support for them, for baby Lucas, and for all of the families facing tragic situations in childbirth and childhood, we will be welcoming donations of diapers and wipes and financial contributions to the Crisis Nursery in baby Lucas’ name here or donate diapers or wipes by clicking here. Just make a note that your gift is in his honor and memory, and we’ll pass along all of the good wishes to the family.
Thank you, Lucas. And thank you to all who support our mission every day.