My heart is aching today for Heather and Mike who lost their precious little Maddie last week. Maddie was born prematurely and suffered chronic lung problems similar to Jenna. She had a strong, fighting spirit and a smile that lit up the world. She lost her fight with an unexpected respiratory illness, but her smile lives on in the hearts of all who knew her – both in person and through her mommy’s blog.
For more information about Maddie, to see a list of links to posts honoring her, to make a donation to the March of Dimes in her name, or, to help cover funeral expenses (both of her parents are currently out of work), go here. To read more about Maddie’s life from her mommy’s blog where we all got to know her, go here (although her website has not been able to keep up with the traffic and keeps crashing).
You can also go to my right sidebar and click on the March of Dimes donation widget with Maddie’s picture. I’m leading a team to walk in memory of Maddie on May the 2 and we’re raising money for March for Babies (more information about how the March of Dimes helps babies like Maddie and Jenna can be found through the widget link). One person can make a difference, so consider giving whatever you can (even $1 or $2!).
Today, I’m remembering Maddie and her beautiful, bright smile, hugging Jenna just a little bit tighter, saying “I love you” a few extra times, and remembering not to take one moment for granted.