After a normal, uneventful pregnancy, we eagerly awaited the birth of our first child. As all expectant parents do, we looked forward to our baby’s upcoming arrival with joyful anticipation, believing this would be the happiest time of our lives. Sadly, it was not to be.
Two weeks before our due date in June of 2000, as we were preparing to attend a baby shower in our honor, Susan noticed a lack of movement. We were sure that a quick trip to the hospital would reassure us that everything was fine. Instead, we received the news that our baby had died and no one could explain why. Upon her birth, it became apparent that our baby daughter had become the victim of an umbilical cord accident. The very thing that was to bring her nourishment and life had instead taken hers away. Our world was shattered.
We decided then that our daughter should have a special name, one with true meaning. We named her Faith, as we knew that it would truly take deep faith to keep us going through our darkest hours. We gave her the middle name Ann, in honor of Susan’s mother, who was with us during her delivery and birth. Our beloved daughter, Faith Ann Lacek, came into this world on June 5, 2000, and we knew our lives would never be the same.
We have been told of an old proverb that says a person can actually die two deaths. The first happens when your physical body dies; the second occurs when people stop mentioning your name. We felt strongly that we would not let this happen to Faith and that her brief time on this earth should have a legacy. This legacy is the creation of Faith’s Lodge, a place where hope grows.
It is our desire that by providing this special facility we can help other families through their darkest hours. We do this in honor of Faith, so her name and memory will live on.
Thank you for your support and compassion.
Mark and Susan Lacek