On July 11, 2014 the unthinkable happened for a US military couple, Lindsey and her husband Kevin while stationed in Vilseck, Germany.
They had spent the last several months preparing for the arrival of their first child, a baby girl Lucy, and was approximately 29 1/2 weeks pregnant. They had just gotten back to Germany, after having been home for a 3 week visit complete with a wonderful baby shower, when tragedy struck.
A routine doctor appointment turned into the saddest day of their lives-no heartbeat was found. Lindsey was later induced and delivered their angel baby Lucy at 1107pm weighing 1 lb. 11 oz.
As if dealing with the loss and heartache haven’t been enough, it has been compounded by being a half a world away. Lindsey and Kevin want to give their daughter a proper burial back home in the US but unfortunately they have been unable to access the funds necessary to pay for last minute transatlantic flights, and for transfer and burial expenses.
MilitaryMamaNetwork helped raise $5000 in just three days, and with this fundraising event, we launched Lucy’s Legacy. We are committed to honoring Lucy, our smallest service member. Half of all we raise goes to the Lucy’s Legacy Fund for families with small children in medical crisis.
Chapter 2: Josie
In October, 2014 we were able to provide another young family with a small stipend to help pay for insurance and gas in order to get their youngest daughter medical care. Josie is in need of a liver transplant. Her parents drive 2 hours each way for treatment, while they wait for another family’s tragedy to save their daughter’s life. In October, 2014 we were able to provide another young family with a small stipend to help pay for insurance and gas in order to get their youngest daughter medical care. Josie is in need of a liver transplant. Her parents drive 2 hours each way for treatment, while they wait for another family’s tragedy to save their daughter’s life.
Chapter 3: Shane
Shane was catastrophically injured in a diving accident the doctors offered little hope that he would walk again. His mother was hesitant to ask for help (as so many of our families are) but another mama contacted MMN for help. We were able to provide her round trip tickets to her son’s location and a little spending money. Collaborating with the Chris Kyle Foundation, we were able to provide additional support once he was home. Amazingly, Shane has made an almost complete recovery and is once again pursuing his military career.
Chapter 4-6: Anonymous Families
Several families have had to flee for their safety from abusive relationships. We were able to assist them in being settled near family and friends, beginning their healing with a little less financial stress.
Chapter 7-10: Victims of Crime
We were able to assist a sailor, two soldiers and an Airman who had been victims of crime. While helping them out financially, we also committed to sending cards of support and encouragement to them and their families as they worked through the legal aspects of their situation.
Chapter 11-13: Cancer Stinks
We had several families who were displaced for cancer treatment of their young family members. We were able to dispatch mamas to aid in emotional support, but also able to help with some of the lodging and food required by their stays near hospitals.
To date, we have assisted 37 families with over $20,000 in assistance. We take Lucy’s Legacy very seriously. If you’d like to help with Lucy’s Legacy, click on the donate button and a portion of everything you give will go toward families in crisis.