Important News from the MISS Foundation:
July/August newsletter available online.
The Alliance of Grandparents a Support After Tragedy (AGAST) has officially merged with the MISS Foundation as a program outreach to grieving grandparents.
AGAST, founded by SIDS grandmother, Sandra Graben, began as an outreach to grandparents after the death of a grandbaby from SIDS. It quickly morphed into an outreach to all grandparents after any grandchild's death.
Because their mission of overall family support was so well aligned with the philosophy of the MISS Foundation, Graben and Joanne Cacciatore, MISS Foundation CEO and founder, met and determined that the unification of the groups would be beneficial for families experiencing life worst tragedy: the death of a child/grandchild.
The merger became official last week.
The name of the outreach will be: MISS Foundation's AGAST Outreach Program and will include the newsletter, memorial cards, grandparent-to-grandparent mentoring, and family support packets.
If you have any questions about this important merger, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can listen to the song, Soaring Away, at the band's profile.
Dear Friends of the MISS Foundation,
Ten years ago this week my wife and I lost our son.
Needless to say, our world was shattered and we were catapaulted into a downward spiral of grief, despair, and depression.
We have managed to move forward, but - as you are well aware - it changes you forever.
More recently, I have had the privilege of discovering the MISS Foundation when I was approached by MISS volunteer Barbara Kurtz and asked about doing a fundraiser with my band, 4 Car Garage.
What has come of it is the song "Soaring Away."
"Soaring Away" is an original song that I wrote in honor of my son, Bradley.
It is my attempt to describe the feelings that are harbored when you go through something like we have and that you hope nobody else ever has to experience.
It is an emotional, bittersweet song, but I hope that someway it can help in the healing process for all of us.
Coincidentally (or not!), the song was accepted by iTunes on the ten year anniversary of Bradley's birth.........that's got to be a sign that our children are 'soaring away.'
All proceeds from the song will go to the M.I.S.S. Foundation and their efforts. There is a link to the iTunes store below.....take a listen and download it if you want (it's also available on Napster & Rhapsody). I hope you enjoy the music - thanks for listening......peace be with you.
Greg White, M.D.
Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery
Phoenix Children's Hospital
4 Car Garage - 4 Car Garage - Soaring Away