Happy Birthday Baby. You would have been 4 today. You would have been excited all day, knowing it was your birthday and understanding for the first time, what that meant. You would have been eager to open your presents and excited to blow out your candles; making a wish and keeping it quiet in hopes it might come true.
But that didn't happen. You were taken too soon. No child should ever have to endure the life you did. All that pain, fear, and struggle. I know you felt loved. I can see by the way you snuggled into Daddy and I that you felt safe, loved. I am thankful for every moment we got to spend with you, I just wish it hadn't been under those circumstances. Yet, I know, had these horrible things never happened to you, you would never have needed me, we likely would have never met. I cannot imagine me life without you, but I wish for so many things to have been different for you.
You had this way of touching everyone you came into contact with. This way of drawing out the good in people that encountered you, like somehow we were all a little better for have known you. You never got to run and play like little boys should, and that is why we decided to build a park. A park where all kids can have a chance to feel the wind on their face as they swing, the chill of a slide as they ride, and the ability to interact with other amazing kids. We know you had a way of bringing people together, and with this park we hope to do just that. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the park. We do not want them to be limited by their mobility, disability or the terrain.
Your story is sad, like that of so many other innocent children and broken families. We promise to keep your memory alive by helping them, by trying to make this a better world, one day at a time. Thank you for teaching us about loving others. About patience, empathy, and compassion. I will never understand all the why's, but I will do my best to always honor the time you had. I miss you sweet boy.
Love Mommy and Daddy.
** On any given day, there are nearly 438,000 children in foster care in the United States. In 2016, over 687,000 children spent time in U.S. foster care. On average, children remain in state care for nearly two years and six percent of children in foster care have languished there for five or more years.
**Currently there are approximately 8700 Oregon children in foster care.
**Statistically, there have been more kids per capita in foster care, in Coos County than any other county in Oregon.
**There are nearly 300 kids in foster care in Coos County.
**Shaken Baby Syndrome (Abusive Head Trauma "AHT") is the leading cause of child abuse deaths in the U.S.
**over 1800 cases per year in the U.S, 25% will die and of those that survive 80% will suffer with life long disabilities.
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