As many of you know, our son, Ronan Cooper, passed away when I was 7 months pregnant back in January 2008 due to the complications of Trisomy 18. It was unknown to us at the time that our active little boy, who looked great at all ultrasounds and had a strong heartbeat, would only be with us for this very short time.
Time has moved on for us, and we have been fortunate enough to have 2 healthy children since his passing. But as any parent knows, you will never forget your children---no matter how long they were on the earth.
Every year in January we strive to honor our first born, usually quietly as a family. This year, on what would have been his 8th birthday, I am asking my friends and family to join us for a tribute to him. We are raising money and accepting donations for a food drive to help combat childhood hunger in local communities. We will be working through the Feeding America Backpack Programs and Summer Food Service Programs that aim to feed hungry children on the weekends and during the summer, when no free lunches are available for them through schools. We have seen this program implemented in our local communities here in the Dayton area and feel that it would be a worthy program to donate in Ronan’s name.
If you wish to donate money, we have a Paypal account set up or would gladly accept checks (e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the address). If you send us the money directly, the donations will be split between the Dayton, OH and San Antonio, TX (where he was born) food banks that sponsor these programs. If you wish to donate in your local areas, please follow the links above and click on “Food Bank Locator” and put in your zip code. You can navigate your local food banks for programs that are targeted for children and make your donations that way. Most food banks ask if this is a memorial donation. If so, we would appreciate if you would write his name in this space. Our goal for this endeavor is $1000, which would help fund roughly 8,000 meals for hungry children.
I thank you for the constant support of our family, and continued love and support you have shown us on January 26th every year.
Thanks for reading. And thanks for helping us keep his memory alive.