March of Dimes - Tina & Kira's Story

A good friend of mine, Tina Wickenden, is one amazing working mom. Her strength is a little more powerful than most and her days are just as jam packed as anyone. Yet, she still finds time to share her and Kira's story, along with information about March of Dimes.

This is Tina & Kira's Story


Miscarriage, still birth, infant mortality.

Why are these subjects taboo?

Is it because we are ashamed? Sad? Scared of what people would say?

I lost my daughter April 14, 2015. Something I would never have thought. Once you reach the dreaded 12 week point in your pregnancy everything will be okay, right? My daughter, Kira Riley, was born silent and still at 26 weeks gestation. Needless to say, we were devastated. After we lost her, I had so many of my family and friends reach out to send condolences and comfort. Many stated something similar happened to them. I've known these families for years and never would I ever have guessed these mothers had gone through the same thing as me. It was taboo. I felt comfort in knowing I wasn't alone. I felt comfort in knowing other mom's have gone through this. I felt comfort in knowing I did nothing wrong to lose my child. Then, I realized that I didn't want to be taboo and quiet about my loss. I wanted to provide other mom's with knowledge that they aren't alone.

That's when I came across the March of Dimes.

March of Dimes is an organization that raises funds and supports research to promote survival of babies born too soon. I found my comfort in supporting the cause as I lost my child. I want to raise awareness and help prevent what happened to my family to happen with other families. As I approach the two year anniversary of the loss of my daughter, I reflect on her memory and embrace the new memories I will be blessed to create with my rainbow baby Oliver Ryan Wickenden.

Oliver was born exactly one year after Kira Riley was due to be born. He is my light and my heart. I wish to spread awareness to moms everywhere that miscarriage, still birth and infant death is devastating. I will never forget my Kira Riley. However, I have found comfort in my son. Sometimes it feels as if the sadness will never end, but it will. You will never forget your loss. Your heart will always be just a little bit broken. With love and support and a lot of strength and faith it will be possible to move forward. Never move on because your loss will always be a part of you and who you are, but move forward. For any mom who has experienced a loss and is in need to reach out, I am available to speak to anyone. I am not a professional, but I am a mom. A mom who has gone through a loss. Sometimes that's all you need. My email address is

If anyone is interested in donating to my page in honor of Kira Riley for the March of Dimes, click on the link below.

Thank you in advance.

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