THREE RIVERS – Sometimes babies pass away because they’re born too soon, or because they’re too ill.
The senseless tragedy of such young deaths tears through the social fabric, affecting families around the planet.
Locally, parents Brady and Lauren Lee suffered a devastating loss in 2010, when their daughter, Ella Faith Lee, died after only eight days in this world.
“We only had a short time with our Ella, but she will always be in our hearts and we will always love her,” her parents wrote in Ella’s 2010 obituary. “Ella will always be our tiny angel.”
Brady, Lauren and their children Jenna, 5, and Ava, 2, are preparing to attend the March of Dimes’ March for Babies in College Station in Ella’s honor later this month.
Monies raised during the March for Babies go to support programs that help mothers reach full-term, healthy pregnancies. The money supplements research and possibly helps locate answers to the problems afflicting young babies.
In anticipation of this visit to College Station, a group of young dance students (and their parents) asked the family on Monday to stop by Three Rivers City Hall for a few minutes.
As soon as the Lees entered the room, they were presented with over $600 the group had collected to go toward safe pregnancy research.
Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff said he was delighted area residents have chosen to help the Lee family honor little Ella.
“The March of Dimes is one of my favorite organizations,” Judge Huff said. “The spirit of helping each other and lending a helping hand is what makes our community one of the best. Congratulations to this group for their contributions and great effort. Let’s all continue our support for such a worthy cause!”
As of 2013, the March of Dimes had raised $2.6 billion, more than seven million people donating, according to the March of Dimes web page.
Incidentally, the “March for Babies - Bryan/College Station 2014” starts at noon, Sunday, April 27, on the campus of Texas A&M. Those in the march will include family teams, company teams and people walking with friends.
Visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/texas/events/10224_3135303939.html for more information.