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Issue 16-105 — July 23, 2016
Starshine Galaxy Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain the memories of children who have died. To this end, we support the Tributes to Lost Children Community Page on Facebook as a place to post, share, and comment on activities to honor our departed children and to celebrate their lives. This biweekly Tributes Digest presents highlights from this community page along with other items of interest. Please feel free to forward this on to others you know who might be interested, and direct any comments, questions, or concerns to starmaster@starshinegalaxy.org.

HIGHLIGHTS:
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A TRUE HERO –
I’m Just So Honored to Be His Mother (July 13) – Just before Christmas last year, a random, drive-by shooting took 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson’s life. The high school sophomore had been sitting on his front porch with friends; when the shooting started, he leapt up to shield them from the gunfire. When it was over, his friends walked away uninjured, but Zaevion had been shot in the head. On July 13th he was posthumously honored with the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
LOVING PERSPECTIVE –
It’s the Inner Light That I Miss the Most (July 15) – Nancy Comiskey wrote a long, loving tribute to her spirited daughter, Kate, one year after she was killed in a car accident involving an impaired driver. It’s so wonderfully written that it’ll move you to tears, make you laugh, and leave you wishing you could have known Kate. It’s not hard to see why Nancy’s story about Kate is the most widely shared story for Indianapolis Monthly, which first published the piece in 2005.

CHALLENGED FROM BIRTH –
Angela’s Life Makes a Difference, Every Day (July 21) – In August 1989, Bob and Angie Policastro welcomed a baby girl, Angela, into the world. But the joyous birth of their daughter was marked by tragedy – Angela had suffered severe brain damage during birth, leaving her very medically frail and requiring nursing care. After Angela passed away just after her first birthday, her parents committed themselves to improving the lives of ill children and their families. In 1992, they founded Angela’s House, a non-profit organization designed to provide medically frail and chronically ill children with the kind of supportive services that will improve their quality of life.

GLOBAL TRIBUTE –
Angels of Hope Are Everywhere (July 12) – The first Angel of Hope statue was erected in Salt Lake City, Utah, the place where Richard Paul Evans’s bestselling book, ‘The Christmas Box,’ was set. The book tells the story of a young couple that moves in with a widow to help care for her, only to discover that she’s still mourning the long-ago loss of her young daughter. The couple uncover her story of tragedy and heartache when they find her crying at an angel monument. Today, statues of the Angel of Hope are put up in memory of lost children all over the world.
ADDICTION AWARENESS –
Making a Difference in Honor of Chris (July 11) – Nine years ago, Chris Foley died of an accidental heroin overdose at the age of 27. This year, the ninth annual Chris Walk Night Out Against Substance Abuse was held on July 16. Chris’s parents, Vicki and Larry Foley, didn’t want their son’s death to be in vain – they held the first Chris Walk/5K Run to promote awareness about addiction, to raise money to battle substance abuse and to remember Chris’s life. Nine years later, they’re still hard at work trying to prevent other families from suffering the same devastating loss.


‘FORGOTTEN BABY SYNDROME’ –
A Call to Action for Ray Ray (July 20) – In May 2011, 1-year-old Sophia Rayne – or ‘Ray Ray’ to her parents – died after accidentally being left in a hot car. Ray Ray’s parents, Kristie Reeves and Brett Cavaliero are trying to prevent hot car deaths by raising awareness, asking parents to “look before they lock,” asking others to call 9-1-1 anytime they see a child left alone in a hot car. Most importantly, Ray Ray’s Call to Action Pledge asks parents to make sure that their daycare provider knows to call them if their child doesn’t arrive at daycare as planned.
MOM’S ADVICE –
Go Hug Your Babies Right Now (July 22) – On June 2, Ashley Grimm and her five children were in a horrific roll-over car accident that killed her 4-year-old son, Titus, instantly. Ashley’s willingness to discuss her son’s habit of unbuckling his seatbelt while she was driving has put her on the receiving end of online abuse. Titus’s mom remains focused on her four remaining children, and on remembering Titus. She wrote about him – and the lessons she takes from his short life – in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
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The complete netbook version of Tributes to Lost Children – a snapshot of how 147 families have honored their children who have passed away – is publicly available for FREE. Click on the cover image above to navigate to this powerful, heart-warming compilation of tribute stories.
Based on results of the Tributes Survey, three general motivations anchor bereaved families in their tribute activities. See the organizing Tributes Framework that serves as the backbone of the new book Tributes to Lost Children.
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