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Felisha Tyree, RN, left,
and Joy Miller, RN

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The girls on the cheerleading
team had bonded with Ashleigh
during her pregnancy, and so they
took the loss as their own. They
dedicated the rest of their season to
honoring Mallory.
"This is not something people my
age usually have to deal with," Hale
says. "People my age don't know
what this is. ... We really had to
grow up a lot."
In the midst of heartbreak,
Ashleigh honored her daughter with
fundraisers and recognition events,
including decorating Boston's
Zakim bridge for Pregnancy and
Infant Loss Remembrance Day. She
raised money to sponsor cooling
bassinets for local hospitals, which
preserve a baby's body to provide
grieving families more time with
their babies before saying goodbye.
Hale was inspired by how her
cheerleading coach was able to turn
a tragedy into something productive
and meaningful. It inspired her to
continue Mallory's legacy in her
own way.

SORROW SPURS
A MISSION

In August 2018, Hale started her
first year at UVA as a government
major. After doing some research,
she learned that University Hospital
did not have a cooling bassinet or
another reliable method to care for

The Caring Cradle
at UVA Health
comes stocked
with memorymaking kits to
give families
tangible items
to take with
them when they
have to leave
their babies
behind, including
footprints,
molds, pictures
and a stuffed
bear filled with
sand to equal
the weight of
the baby.

a stillborn baby. Hale made it her
mission to change that.
"Seeing all the good Ashleigh was
doing and how she was taking such
a terrible situation and being so
strong, she really inspired me," Hale
says. "I went to her fundraisers, and
I couldn't just sit by when I knew
people were going through something so terrible."
Hale emailed UVA President Jim
Ryan and quickly got a response.
He directed her to the appropriate
contacts at UVA Health. The Labor
& Delivery team members were
grateful when they heard that Hale
wanted to raise money for a Caring
Cradle, a brand of cooling bassinet.
"We really just listened to Hale's
story," says Joy Miller, RN, of UVA
Pediatric Palliative Care, "and we
are so incredibly honored that she
wanted to do this and build that legacy for Mallory. We were all in."
Hale started a fundraiser page
on get-involved.uvahealth.com and
promoted it on Facebook, shared
it with family and friends, and sent
letters to local businesses. Miller
and Felisha Tyree, RN, nurse manager of UVA Labor & Delivery,
shared it with their teams.

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

Through Hale's efforts, UVA Health
now has a Caring Cradle available
to families who need it.

The Caring Cradle has been
"such a blessing," Miller says.
"Sometimes, the beginning of life
is also the end of life. I think it's
important for folks outside of the
healthcare community to recognize
that this is part of the process, making sure that people are aware that
we honor those sacred moments.
And now, we have the resource to
do so in such a valuable way."
By preserving the baby's body,
the Caring Cradle gives grieving
parents a precious gift: the time to
say goodbye. "It's respectful," Tyree
says. "The staff are proud to bring
it in. It's been a bonus to the quality
of care we give."
The team has used the Caring
Cradle several times and is considering investing in a second
cradle for the Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit.
"It's an honor to carry on Mallory's
legacy through Ashley [Hale] and
the Caring Cradle," Miller says. "I
think knowing their story really
brings it all together for us providers.
Honoring the most difficult of situations is really special."
Hale plans to continue honoring
Mallory by speaking her name, finding new fundraising opportunities
and supporting her former coach.
"This experience has changed me
so much," she says. "Just because
parents don't bring a child home
doesn't mean they aren't parents. ...
I am proud to have raised funds for
the Caring Cradle. I would prefer
it stays in a closet and never has to
be used, but I'm glad it's there for
families when they need it. Even
if families don't use it, they have
a choice, and that's what matters." *

Create Your
Own Cause

Like Ashley Hale, you can help
improve patient care or support
research at UVA Health. Learn more
about starting a fundraising page
at get-involved.uvahealth.com.

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