Today would have been Audrey’s second birthday. We never got to meet her but she is the bravest little girl we know. And her mom Felicia is the bravest mother because in the terrible grief of mourning for her daughter, she reached out to complete strangers with the gift of life. Beautiful Audrey was born April 30, 2011 and lived just six days. She was Nevada’s youngest organ donor that year.
Felicia is having a special birthday celebration for Audrey at the cemetery, including a balloon release. We did our own small ceremony here in Vancouver. Addison kept saying “Happy Birthday Audrey!” after we told her we bought balloons that we were going to send up to the sky to Audrey for her birthday.
We will always carry Audrey in our hearts. There is a photo of her in Addison’s room and when we point to it, Addison says, “Heart.” It’s bittersweet when we look at our Princess so full of life and then think about what Audrey would have been like at this age. There’s no way to ease our conscience because you can’t help but feel the guilt – Addison is here and Audrey isn’t. We are so so grateful. All we can hope is that Felicia and her family find comfort in seeing their daughter’s legacy live on.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison