Clark Co. woman turns family tragedy into a mission to help others
CLARK Co., Wisconsin (WEAU) – A Clark County woman works to help parents affected by miscarriage or the loss of a baby after losing her son.
In 2019, Sierra Strangfeld lost her son Samuel to Down’s syndrome. This is a genetic condition caused by a baby having a third copy of chromosome 18. Many babies are stillborn or die shortly. after birth.
Samuel Strangfeld lived three hours. He has spent his entire life in the arms of his parents.
“We lost the first of everything. We never got to introduce him to his sister, ”said Sierra Strangfeld.
Struck with grief, Sierra Stangfeld longed for a way to channel her emotions while continuing to honor her son. She decided to create a non-profit association, “Smiling for Samuel”.
“Our mission is to help comfort families experiencing pregnancy or infant loss and also to raise awareness of Down’s syndrome, to tell people more about what it is, to be there for families who experience it themselves, ”she said.
The association helps families in several ways, including making memory kits for their lost child.
While Sierra Strangfeld said it’s not always easy to work out in a way that constantly reminds her of the worst day of her life, it has helped her heal.
“A lot of women don’t reach out because it’s difficult and I also feel like society has told us it’s something we don’t talk about,” she said. “It makes people sad. It makes people uncomfortable. I want people to know that it’s okay to talk about these things. I don’t think I would have ever been able to face my grief without this kind of platform.
The organization is hosting a 3km / 5km run / walk in Neillsville on October 9 to raise awareness and raise funds.
Strangfeld said it costs $ 20 to pre-register or $ 25 to register for the event.
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