Calgary Health Foundation

Celebrating Alexandra

Attendees browse the many books for sale at the 2012 open house. All funds raised went to the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program.

Losing a child is a life-changing experience, but Melissa Foy has refused to let that stand in her way of making a difference.

In April 2010, the Foy family lost their daughter, Alexandra, who was delivered stillborn only a few weeks shy of her due date. After this tragic loss, the family connected with the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program, who provide resources to grieving families. This program provides a private hospital room for families to grieve together after a loss, a memory box, teddy bear, blanket, pictures, books, pamphlets and grief therapy.

The support she received after losing Alexandra is what made her decide to give back to the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program, holding the inaugural Celebrating Alexandra Open House on Saturday, April 27, 2011.The first Celebrating Alexandra Open House was a success in many ways, raising funds for the Calgary Health Trust in support of the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program. The event featured fun and entertainment for the whole family. There was also a raffle, book sale, bake sale and artwork sale, and funds raised at the event will go back to the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program.

"The event wasn't just about raising money - it was about raising awareness and letting other women know they are not alone and that they will be okay, even if it doesn't feel like that right now," said Melissa Foy. "The event was successful and was a great learning experience, and I can't wait to do this again next year.

Since then Melissa has planned a flapjack fundraiser at Applebee's and most recently, on April 28th, they held an event at Fiddler's Green Pub, which included a silent auction, bake sale and lunch. Her dedication and commitment are tremendous.

Though losing Alexandra was the most painful experience for Melissa and her family have had they are determined to celebrate her memory because she will always be a important part of their lives.