Johns Hopkins Children’s Center holds a very special place in my heart. The doctors, nurses and staff supported us during the most difficult time of our lives, the loss of our daughter Nora. Our nurses with the palliative team helped us create memories with Nora that we will cherish forever. Taking pictures and making hand imprints were the last thing I cared about when I learned we were losing Nora. They encouraged us to take them and I can’t articulate how thankful we are to have them now.
Last August, we held a blood drive and raffle to support the Red Cross and Johns Hopkins’ Children’s Center. The support from our neighborhood was overwhelming. When I heard about Maggie’s Run‘s fundraising efforts to help support more of the palliative team projects, I wanted to share it with you as well.
On December 4th, Maggie’s Run will be holding a fundraising dinner and silent auction at Costas Inn. You can purchase your tickets here. We are honored to help support their efforts and hope you join us.
Maggie Sophia entered the world on December 8, 2016 as a stillborn baby. Her family wants to create something positive out of their heartbreaking experience through revitalizing a Memorial Disc Golf Course at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore City. Her mother, Jessica explained to us
We have so much gratitude towards the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Pediatric Palliative Care Department. This team of people helped turn the worst day of our lives into a very therapeutic, healing, and memorable experience. We were able to make molds and ink prints of Maggie’s hands and feet and have professional pictures taken. The hospital staff provided us with scrapbooking material, paints, and other craft supplies to create meaningful keepsakes. Above all, this team was able to help us voice everything we wanted in the short time that we had with Maggie. Because of that, we never felt rushed, and we were able to do everything we had hoped to do during our time at the hospital with our daughter. That type of experience is absolutely invaluable to grieving parents who need something tangible to hold onto after leaving the hospital with empty arms.
A lot of families are completely unaware that these types of resources are available to them when faced with the loss of a baby. Questions like can we hold our child, how long do we have with them, how can we make lasting memories, and how can we have professional photos taken? The list goes on and on. Having people who can advocate for your wishes as a family, and help you be intentional with the brief time you have with your little one is so incredibly important.
We want to make sure that other families have the same resources available to them, if not more. We want other families to have dedicated hospital staff that supports them on the worst day of their lives, just like we did. Having resources like this available to families is not cheap. We want to ensure that the cost of these resources does not inhibit the hospital’s ability to go above and beyond for grieving families.
Following the course improvements, a disc golf tournament with all proceeds benefiting the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Palliative Care Team will be held annually to help ensure that their team has the resources needed to provide optimal therapeutic services in the devastating time of infant and pregnancy loss. If you are interested in donating a raffle prize, please email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Costas Inn:
Costas Inn is one of Baltimore’s iconic restaurants, family owned for over 50 years. They have been featured on the Today Show and the Food Network’s Show Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que. Both celebrity hosts raved about the crab cakes, saying, “When they think of Baltimore, this is what they think of.”
- Mini 3 oz Versions of Costas’ Famous Crabcakes
- MD Crab Soup
- Crab Dip
- Ceasar Salad
- Pasta Salad
- Pene Chicken Marinara with Vegetables