Posted: Thursday, December 5th 2013 at 8:30am
Dahlonega family coordinates softball tournament benefiting Northside’s Perinatal Loss Program
CUMMING - The second annual One-Pitch Men’s/Co-Ed Charity Softball Tournament, benefiting the H.E.A.R.T.strings Perinatal Palliative Care Program at Northside Hospital, was held recently at Central Park in Cumming.
Eight teams, more than 100 people, participated in the event, which raised money to help families cope with early infant loss. Through team registrations, T-shirt sales, concessions, and corporate sponsorships from Refrigiwear and Mills Fuel, the event raised more than $1,500 for the program.
“When going through preparing for a loss of this magnitude, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Amber Jarrard, of Dahlonega, co-organizer of the softball tournament. “It was extremely helpful to have someone there who knew what questions to ask and what needed to be done… The amount of love and support was humbling.”
Amber was 16-weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Jonathan, learned that their unborn child would not survive. The baby had Triploidy, an extremely rare chromosomal disorder. On November 3, 2011, at 28 weeks, Chandra Reece Jarrard was delivered via cesarean section. She was the couple’s second child and lived just 20 minutes. The tournament is held in Reece’s memory.
For more information about how to support the H.E.A.R.T.strings Perinatal Palliative Care Program at Northside Hospital, visit give.northside.com.
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