After losing a child, one family gives back to let other families know they aren’t alone.

Lindsey and Brian Traughber, Texas Health Fort Worth

Six years ago, Lindsey and Brian Traughber experienced what no parents ever should. After 69 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, they lost their newborn son, Jack. Every year since, the Traughbers have made it their mission to reach out to other families who experience the loss of a child.

“This is a life experience no one should have to go through,” explained Brian. “We want other parents to know they are not alone.”

The Traughbers have stayed connected to Texas Health Fort Worth in the intervening years, not only by maintaining relationships with NICU nurses and offering help to families who have gone through a similar ordeal, but also by giving back to the hospital. They participate in the hospital’s annual memorial walk and held a drive to stock the NICU’s book cart. Their three children have given back as well through Texas Health’s Birthday Buddies program, where kids ask family and friends for donations to the NICU in lieu of birthday gifts. The family also donates boxes of tissues to the NICU.

Read the rest of their story in our Summer 2018 issue of IN TOUCH on page 8.

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