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Looking for the Light

Looking for the Light

I’ve looked at this picture 100xs since Wednesday morning. I was up early and crying before I even lifted my head off my pillow. I miss Toby. I want to hold my son. I want to say “You’re four!” And see him smile or laugh at me. I want to hear him laugh. I want to hug him and not let go. May 27, 2016 Wednesday I sat on the couch and waited for the sun. I thought it would...

May 2, 2020

May 2, 2020

There are days in our lives that we dream about. Birthday’s Graduation’s Wedding’s Anniversary’s The birth of a child Memorial services Family Gatherings We all have them and prepare for them in our own way. Today was one of those days for us. I have struggled with emotions all week. Today has been special for 14 months. A day when our amazing family and friends come together to help us celebrate Toby. We had people coming in from across the...

Toby’s Fourth Birthday Celebration!

Toby’s Fourth Birthday Celebration!

On May 27th, Toby will turn four! In honor of our son, we are on a mission to raise $4,000 for The Little Fox - Toby's Foundation. [caption id="attachment_2346" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Tobias "Toby" Stern - born May 27, 2016[/caption] This campaign will run for four weeks and the proceeds will support the mission of The Little Fox, supporting families welcoming a new baby, educating on Safe Sleep Practices, and advocating for SIDS research. Over the past three years, the success...

Sunsets & Signs From You

Sunsets & Signs From You

We have seen some incredible sunsets over the last few weeks. Quarantine has my heart, among other things, missing Toby so incredibly deeply. I always feel like my heart can’t break any more, but it’s in the deepest places of grief, approaching the time of year when Toby was born and spent 12 incredible weeks with us, that I find that my heart, can and does continue to break. I was upstairs tonight helping Luke get ready for bed and...

Inaugural Gala – Rescheduled

Inaugural Gala – Rescheduled

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the rescheduling of Toby’s Foundation Inaugural Gala to Saturday, May 1, 2021. This decision did not come easily, without much discussion amongst our Board of Directors over the last two weeks, and through a lot of prayers. The mission of Toby’s Foundation is about supporting the health and well-being of infants and families. With COVID-19 spreading throughout the United States, we are choosing to follow the guidance from the CDC and...

Looking Back While Stepping Forward

Looking Back While Stepping Forward

Thank you to everyone who supported us, shared Toby’s story, donated to support a family, referred families (near and far) needing a monitor, encouraged us, and continue to believe in our mission to grow in 2020. 2019 was pretty amazing and we were continually reminded of Toby’s work from Heaven and presence in our lives daily. Although the heartache from his absence and the constant surge of grief is a piece of our lives that will never subside. No matter...

‘Proud to be from Pittsburgh’ Segment from WPXI Channel 11

‘Proud to be from Pittsburgh’ Segment from WPXI Channel 11

The Little Fox - Toby's Foundation was featured on WPXI's Channel 11 segment 'Proud to be from Pittsburgh' in November. To watch the full segment, click here: https://www.wpxi.com/news/proud-to-be-from-pittsburgh/proud-to-be-from-pittsburgh-the-little-fox-tobys-foundation/1016200514/

#GivingTuesday – Here is Our WHY.

#GivingTuesday – Here is Our WHY.

We had a whole vision for #GivingTuesday, but life happened and our little one ended up spending the past few days in the hospital. As I was thinking about this campaign last night, my heart kept coming back to our life the past few days. So I will share our story - our WHY. Zeke, Toby's brother, started showing signs of a cold while we were traveling for the holiday. Not sleeping, fever off and on, runny nose, all around not...

Finley the Fox – A Holiday Gift for Children

Finley the Fox – A Holiday Gift for Children

We are partnering with AVON to donate their 2019 Holiday Stuffed Animal to children in the hospital during this holiday season! Meet Finley the Fox! You can purchase Finley for $30. On average, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has 350 beds, a day, full. Our goal is to have 500 foxes purchased by the beginning of December so that we can deliver these gifts to those children. Your $30 purchase places Finley into one child's hand and a portion of the...

A Tree for Toby and All the Infants Who Have Died

A Tree for Toby and All the Infants Who Have Died

Today was a special day. Today, in the company of the nursing staff and members of the Labor & Delivery Department from Allegheny Health Networks Forbes Hospital, we planted a tree outside the entrance to the hospital, in memory of Toby and all the infants in our community who have died. On August 24, 2016, we stood inside the walls of the Emergency Department of Forbes Hospital feeling completely broken. Our perfect world as we knew it had been broken...