Whiteford mom helps others cope with pregnancy loss with upcoming fundraiser for First Candle

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Kelly Tagliaferri, whose daughter was stillborn in 2009, is working to bring awareness of pregnancy loss with an October fundraiser to support First Candle — a national voluntary health organization uniting parents, caregivers, and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance fetal and infant health and survival.

The event called Elise’s Honor, in remembrance of Kelly’s daughter, is 5:30 to 8:30 Saturday, Oct. 15 at MacGregor’s Restaurant, 331 St. John St., Havre de Grace. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children age 3-10 and free for children under 3. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Davey B from ProProductions DJ. The event includes food, drinks, dessert, cash bar, raffles and auctions.

For tickets or more information, contact Kelly Tagliaferri at 410-452-8628 or ElisesHonor@yahoo.com.

Kelly said she was inspired to organize this event for families and their friends who have been touched by pregnancy loss because of her experience losing her 4th child Elise, who was stillborn on April 6, 2009 at 36 weeks gestation. Kelly wrote:  “She and I were both perfectly healthy, she had her cord wrapped around her neck 5 times and a knot in it as well.  I didn’t know I lost her until I was in L&D at Upper Chesapeake 7 cm dilated.  For the first few weeks and months, I didn’t know what to do with myself.  I had never even heard the term stillbirth much less known anyone who had experienced it.  My hope with this event is to bring awareness to the community of the prevalence and devastation of pregnancy loss as well as give families a time to come together to celebrate an often unspoken of child.”

All proceeds from the event are going to First Candle, a national voluntary health organization uniting parents, caregivers, and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance fetal and infant health and survival based out of Baltimore.  For more information about First Candle, visit: https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/fc/event.jsp?event=247

To learn more about Kelly Tagliaferri and her efforts, visit her blog at http://eliseshonor.blogspot.com/