Amelie Grace Bacuyani came into this world way too soon on November 30, 2020, at 17 weeks early. Weighing only 1 lb 4 oz, she was a tiny warrior, a little light of hope and strength in a dark world. She fought hard and snuggled even harder until her last breath nearly 10 months later on September 16, 2021.
Amelie was only here for a short while, but made a big impact on the world around her. We want her legacy to continue to impact our community in a positive way.
Our family was blessed to stay at the Bend Ronald McDonald House for many months while Amelie was in the hospital. It not only allowed us to stay together as a family, as close as possible to the hospital, but it provided a place for our boys to experience joy and create positive memories, while their little hearts worried about their sister.
The Bend Ronald McDonald house is currently being remodeled and would love to extend the backyard with amazing play spaces and a relaxation garden. This would bring such joy to the siblings of children in the hospital, as well as a peaceful place for stressed parents. We would love to be a part of this beautiful and meaningful addition to a much-needed service in our community.
When Amelie was first born, her grandfather had a dream of her as a little girl running through a field of flowers into his arms. He thought that would be here on earth, but instead, they will have that embrace in a beautiful garden in heaven. In the NICU, we would always call Amelie our tiny flower, and say “you grow, girl!” So a garden that gives joy to other children and families in the hospital seems like the perfect way to honor her life.
We will be raising funds from September 16th (the one-year anniversary of Amelie’s death) until November 30th, (her second birthday).
Thank you for considering a donation and please share with anyone who may be interested in this cause.