ALTOONA – More than 700 women attended Altoona Regional Health System’s Women’s Night Out on April 26 and helped Friends of Altoona Regional, the system’s auxiliary, raise more than $2,500 to benefit families who suffer a neonatal loss.
Williamsburg-area resident Julie Woodling spoke of her family’s tragic loss two years ago of son Daniel Mark, who was stillborn. Julie movingly spoke of how the bereavement boxes supplied by the Maternity department offered a tangible way to remember Daniel. The box contains a lock of hair, footprints, hospital identification bracelet and the outfit he would have worn home from the hospital among other mementos.
Friends of Altoona Regional organized a jewelry fund-raiser to benefit the Neonatal Bereavement Fund, which buys the boxes for Maternity. Deb Dambeck of Altoona won the grand prize in the jewelry prize drawing: a ladies 14-carat, white gold, oval ruby and round-brilliant diamond pendant. Devin Mullen of Your Jewelry Box of Altoona donated nearly $5,000 worth of jewelry to the event.
The annual Women’s Night Out featured nationally known humorist Karen Vadino, who explored the impact of humor on one’s self-concept, relationships, work, stress management and health.
If you wish to make a donation for the Neonatal Bereavement Fund, please send it to: Altoona Regional Health System, Foundation for Life, 620 Howard Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.