by Sagamore Leadership Initiative - Sagamore Student Leadership Initiative Inc. - Coatesville, IN
by Sagamore Leadership Initiative
All across Indiana, there are hospitals and families looking for hope, help, and healing. Just 55 people giving between 1 and 55 dollars and we know God will bless those in need. Join us in loving little lives and their families at a time when faith and courage are most needed.
As an eight year old in a family of nine boys, Jonah Jackson asked his mom for a sister. Adorably, he had always said he wanted to be the protective brother. Jonah said his mom should keep having kids until he could. He wanted to give her the biggest smile and the biggest heart he could offer. Little did he know, their family would soon be blessed with a little girl.
When the ultrasound came, Mom Rachel Jackson called all of her family to see it. Jonah was the first to pick it up, and he saw two words at the bottom of the ultrasound that would change his life forever:
In the following months of her pregnancy, the family was always in anticipation for any news about their soon-to-be little girl. However, God pressed on the family with one piece of information they were not expecting. A disease called Trisomy 18.
Very similar to Down Syndrome, and categorized by malformed body parts and small features, Trisomy 18 effects only 1 in 5000 infants worldwide. And what made it even harder: little Anna, if not stillborn, would have mere months to live: Trisomy 18 has a 95% mortality rate.
When the Jackson family learned of this, their hearts were broken. Even still, they knew God could do amazing things, and every day they prayed for the little life God had blessed them with. Anna was in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for almost two months, with around the clock care and medical support. Miraculously, little Anna was surviving- she even got to go home after two months in the hospital. For three months, the Jackson family got to know both the nurses at the hospital, as well as little Anna Jackson- the bundle of joy that changed their lives forever.
Thanksgiving day, a month after Anna came home, her monitors began blaring, and the family knew something was wrong. Anna was rushed to the hospital at 8 in the morning, and doctors did everything they could, but little Anna was being called home. By 11, the family was brought in to sit with their child for 20 minutes each, and then Mama Jackson and her husband were given a few minutes with the child. By 12, everything was over.
Their little girl was gone.
Anna Jackson and the Jackson family grew close over the short three months, but Anna's passing inspired a passion in Jonah that will hopefully bless many families that have children in the NICU. For Jonah Jackson, raising money to help other families in the NICU that are in need with hospital support- simple things like food, gas, and medical care money- he can be a part of other families being blessed by God's challenge to his family in losing Anna. And the best part? Everyone can be a part of creating the opportunity for NICU families to create priceless memories with their children.
As the grandparents of both Anna and Jonah Jackson, we chose the donation amount to represent 1st granddaughter and her death date of the 25th of November.
July 15, 2018, 5:18 p.m.
Our daughter, a member of the Sagamore team was in the NICU when she was a baby.
July 15, 2018, 1:13 p.m.
We too had a little girl and lost her to the same thing. Little Anna Joy touched our hearts and lives in a personal way. More than words can even say. I was Bkessed to know Anna while she was here. She was a true Blessing!
July 15, 2018, 11:22 a.m.
I believe this is how God works. He loves everyone, especially children and he wants everyone to know how much he loves them. This is just one way to show his love.
July 15, 2018, 11:14 a.m.
Because I love the Jackson family and I love Anna Joy Jackson. Wish I could give more!! 💕
July 15, 2018, 11:02 a.m.
Love all the work you all have put into this and your willingness to share your story!
July 15, 2018, 10:36 a.m.