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The first year

One year ago, Through the Heart’s mission statement was written and the organization was born. Although we didn’t go live until about 6 weeks later, we still consider this to be our birthday.

I’ve learned a lot in the past year – about myself, my marriage, my friendships, the world of nonprofits, and just how much resources and education regarding pregnancy loss are needed. I’ve made new friends and reconnected with old ones. I’ve heard stories so heartbreaking they brought tears to my eyes and I’ve seen compassion, empathy and support so uplifting that, well, it’s also brought tears to my eyes. (What can I say? I’m a crier)

Today is an emotional day for me. To say the past year has been a roller coaster full of ups and downs would not even begin to cover it. Some days I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished and genuinely feel that we are making an impact. Other days I wonder why we haven’t done more.  Quite often, there are days where I have both of these thoughts concurrently because I’ll be honest, patience is not my best virtue. I always want to accomplish more, and in a quicker timeframe, than is reasonable.

This past year we’ve relied solely on the generosity of family, friends, acquaintances and even a few perfect strangers to provide the financial backing needed to get this organization off the ground. I cannot express how much this means to me and I mean it when I say I hate asking anyone for money but unfortunately it’s part of the job. Until we can gain 501(c)3 status and be recognized as a tax-exempt charitable organization by the federal government, we are going to continue to face severe financial restraints. Our application was submitted in October and right now, the IRS is facing a backlog of approximately one year, so we still have a long way to go even in a best-case scenario.

We are so excited to grow, to develop new programs, to reach out and help even more people, but the reality is, there is only so much we can do on a limited budget. So in the meantime I’m asking to you hang in there with us because more is on the horizon. We WILL get there. Our recently-launched 2 for Through campaign asks people to donate just $2 because we’re not kidding when we say every dollar makes a difference!

We might be the underdog right now, but as we all know, sometimes the underdog gets the win.

Happy birthday TTH & thanks to everyone for your support!

Category : Karen , Staff/Board Members

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Karen Kelly

Hello! I'm Karen Kelly, co-founder of Through the Heart. My journey started in 2013 when I lost my daughter at 20 weeks into my pregnancy. I experienced 2 more losses along the way and have used this blog as an outlet for a lot of random thoughts and emotions. I hope that you find it helpful. Feel free to reach out at kkelly@throughtheheart.org if I can help in any way!


While I’m Waiting

March 28, 2014 at 11:30 am

Happy Birthday TTH! Simply beautiful Karen! I just might have had tears in my eyes as well reading this! 🙂 Honestly, words cannot express just how much of an impact you and TTH are having, I’ve seen it in my own life and I have witnessed how you have helped others as well! Hang in there and stay strong…I truly believe that TTH is an organization that is bound to be full of victory in the years to come! You truly have accomplished so much this past year and I am excited to see all that the future holds for TTH! Keep it up…you guys are beyond amazing!

    Karen Kelly

    March 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you so much, your kind words and support are what keep me going! I really appreciate all of the encouragement you have given to both TTH and me individually. You are awesome 🙂

      While I’m Waiting

      March 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you so much! You are so, so kind and sweet! You have such a huge heart and it’s being used in such a wonderful way! Praying that you and Sean and TTH continue to be greatly blessed in this upcoming year!


March 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

TTH has helped me in so many ways and I can not believe its been a year already. I am so glad that you used your loss to turn it around into something so helpful for other families who have gone through the pain.

    Karen Kelly

    March 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you so much for all of your support, I am so happy that you are a part of the TTH “family!”

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