My name is Elizabeth Ortiz.
When I was 13 weeks pregnant, my son was diagnosed with Omphalocele. This rare abdominal wall defect, affects the intestines, liver, and occasionally other organs, causing them to remain outside of the abdomen throughout gestation. My son, Ellisander Lorenzo Valerio, was born June 26, 2017 at 33 weeks old. He was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. On July 4th, 2017, I had the privilege of holding him in my arms, as he took his last breath.
Ellisander lived for 8 days.
With grief, comes a cacophony of emotions- a sense of loss, anger, resentment, depression, and anxiety. And even though my family and I have struggled with these feelings, and still do, I know I could not let it define my child’s memory.
Grief is a journey, and while as a family it has been a challenge, it has also strengthened us as a family. Ellisander’s passing has touched each one us. This is why EllisBearyLoved was created.
On October 23, 2018, EllisBearyLoved became a not-for-profit organization. Our singular goal has been to support grieving families of pregnancy and infant loss by providing them with resources and comfort gifts.
These comfort gifts bring a sense of understanding, in letting families know that they are not alone in their grief journey. Each comfort box includes items such as personalized baby bracelets, keychains, teddy bears, journals, handmade candles, and so much more. Items change yearly based on donations, but the goal always remains the same- to heal and to honor.
And to support this mission, EllisBearyLoved hosts giveaways throughout the year when donations permit, as well as awareness and fundraiser events. Volunteers from different paths of life, come together to honor every child lost via their comfort box.
“It takes a village”, applies to all stages of life, especially the grieving one. Join EllisBearyLoved in helping to comfort grieving families everywhere.