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SAN ANGELO–Three years ago, three mothers who lost their children to either being stillborn, miscarriage or after birth, decided to become pro-active; along the way, others--family and friends came on-board and since then, PILR (Pregnancy Infant Loss Remembrance) has taken off now as a community event.

Amanda, Gierisch, Tiffany Ortega and Whitney Shorb got all three groups together again for the 3rd Annual PILR Day Balloon Release which was held on Saturday, October 15, at Unidad Park, 3245 Vista Del Arroyo. 

"Tiffany lost three children, I (Amanda) lost two, so because of that, we decided to bring the community together to remember, to grieve and show our love for anyone who lost their baby, whether they were stillborn, miscarriage or after birth," said Giersch.
Amanda mentioned that Tiffany lost twins: Isabella and Chloe, and then Nariah while Whitney's son's name was Stockton Ray. 


Tiffany who initiated the concept said it was because she was weary of calling Amanda and complaining  about her situation. After the loss of her three daughters, Ortega became pro-active.  Both Tiffany and Amanda's talks led them to eventually the release of balloons in remembrance of their children. After getting family and friends on board, "it turned into a community event where we just brought everyone into it, so they could remember their children, also" said Ortega.

As for the third mother, Whitney, "We lost our son in 2014, he was delivered early." Whitney, who is good friends with Amanda and Tiffany, decided then to join a West Texas chapter, Hope Mommies, whose vision is to help every family who experiences infant loss find community, grief resources and ultimately the Hope of Christ which is our unfailing anchor. Hope Mommies also provides a Hope Box.

FMI on what a Hope Box is, go to: www.HopeMommies.org/hope-boxes

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes, but is not limited to, miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, and the death of a newborn. 

The official awareness colors of the cause are light pink and baby blue and are synonymous with the campaigns' awareness ribbon.