Interview About Our Karaoke Fundraiser

Brett and I were interviewed today by a Milwaukee radio personality, Dan O’Donnell. Dan happens to be a long-time friend of of ours, but also a former colleague of mine from back in my radio days. He’s since moved on to another radio station in town and I’ve completely moved on out of the journalism field into the nonprofit sector.

Tomorrow is the big day. Our last fundraiser before the big TEARS walk we’re participating in June. This is our Live Band Karaoke fundraiser I talked about here to help talk about pregnancy loss and let people know about support resources, both emotional and financial.

We’re excited about it and hope it will be a great turn-out. Since it’s a Monday night, not quite sure but hoping the weather will be kinda gloomy to force people inside.

The interview below aired on four different radio stations in Milwaukee today to help spark some new conversations about pregnancy loss and let a new audience know about TEARS. Take a listen…

Your Chance to Be a Superstar with Live Band Karaoke

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fundraising Event to Benefit The TEARS Foundation

rock-the-night_webMILWAUKEE, WIS. (APRIL 20, 2017) – A year after a painful loss, a Massachusetts’ couple is returning to the community they once called home to bring a special awareness message this May. “Rock the Night,” a Live Band Karaoke fundraiser to benefit The TEARS Foundation, hosted by Brett Finnell and Christina Relacion-Finnell, aims to raise funds for the nonprofit organization that provides financial and emotional support to individuals who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Erik Bilstad, of Newsradio 620 WTMJ, will emcee the event.

According to the Foundation, an estimated 70 stillbirths occur each day in the United States, with an average of 25,000 per year. Meanwhile, many parents suffer through this kind of devastating loss, largely in silence, due to the stigma and taboo of the topic. “Our goal is to tell our son’s story, even though it’s painful, in the hopes that it will help other couples and families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or an infant seek out support resources,” said Brett Finnell. “This is one of the most tragic and isolating experiences that any couple can face but you don’t have to do it alone. There are resources available to help you cope.”

livebandkaraoke_logoChristina Relacion-Finnell was born and raised in Wauwatosa, Wis. She graduated from Wauwatosa West High School and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and then moved to Boston to attend graduate school where she would one day meet her husband, Brett. The couple lived and worked in Milwaukee from 2005 to 2010 until Christina lost her job during the economic recession, and they re-located back to New England. After 8 years of marriage, the couple found out they were pregnant with their first child on Christina’s birthday. Sadly, there were complications with the pregnancy and their son, Emmett, was stillborn in April 2016.

Rock the Night is for anyone who has ever dreamed of being a rock star. It’s your chance to sing with a live band to many popular hits from the past and present. The fundraiser will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, May 22, at Victor’s on Van Buren, 1230 N. Van Buren Street, in Milwaukee. Live Band Karaoke Milwaukee, a member of Sound Check Entertainment, will provide entertainment.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://rockthenight.brownpapertickets.com/. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door, if available). This event is 21 and older only. Interested singers may also purchase a VIP option in advance to ensure their chance to sing with the live band for just $10.

Video: An Update on Our Fundraising

Here’s our recent Facebook Live video to check-in on our walk fundraising:

Here are the links we mentioned in the video and how you can get involved:

All April: Emmett’s Birthday/Angelversary is April 26. Please keep us in your thoughts, send us texts, emails, calls, hugs, whatever. It really helps.

Walk Website (To join us on June 25 or to donate): www.crowdrise.com/emmettsolemates
Emmett’s name can be engraved on one of 3 memorials if we raise at least $500; the team at the walk with the highest fundraising total will be able to carry the Banner of Hope and start the event

Pampered Chef Sale (now through 11:59 March 31). 15% of sales and purchases of $75 or more will earn a free gift from Rhonda Dick https://pamperedchef.com/go/IMHEgV

Pure Barre North Andover – Sunday April 23 – Free Classes at 9,10:30 and 12 p.m. Register: http://purebarre.com/ma-andover/

Live Band Karaoke – Monday May 22 7-10 p.m. – If you can help volunteer (event planning, marketing, ticket sales, raffle ideas/items: please send us an email). Tickets will be available in April.

Our Story and Blog: https://missingemmett.wordpress.com/

Facebook Page: Missing Emmett

The Tears Foundation: www.thetearsfoundation.org/

Massachusetts Chapter FB Page: Massachusetts Chapter of The TEARS Foundation

Online support through a “closed” FB Group: Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support – TEARS Foundation

Special Shopping Opportunity

I’m happy to announce our first special fundraising opportunity to support our walk team at the 2nd annual Rock & Walk to benefit the Massachusetts Chapter of The TEARS Foundation!

Now through March 31, 2017, shop with the Pampered Chef link below and 15% of purchases will go toward our team’s fundraising! There are some great new items to choose from, just in time for spring and summer entertaining.

I looooove my PC items and certainly will be doing my “retail therapy” to help a great cause. I hope you will, too! Please share with family and friends who may like to do some shopping as well.

Start shopping at https://pamperedchef.com/go/IMHEgV

A special thanks to consultant and good friend Rhonda Dick for hosting the online party in honor of Emmett.

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Busy Bee

busy bee

Sorry I’ve been quiet for a while. But I thought I’d quickly pop in to provide an update on how things have been going the past few weeks…

Work has been picking up since its prime event fundraising season for all of the walk and runs this upcoming summer and fall for my clients. I’ve been busy putting together sites for one client alone that has 60+ events. Needless to say, I’m on the computer…a lot.

I generally like to write in the early morning or in the evening; however, after hours-upon-hours looking at a computer screen, I just can’t get the will to continue typing or generally being coherent.

I had my neurologist follow-up last week about my intensifying migraine headaches. I started back up on a preventive medication and it seems to be helping now that it is getting into my system. It’s also helping with the insomnia that I have, but thankfully that hasn’t been happening as frequently as it was a few months back. Still, there are some nights where I just can’t find the off-switch and I’m antsy in bed at 3 a.m. The true test for this med will be in a week or so once I ovulate since hormone changes seem to be a huge trigger. The goal is to not have me popping Midol like Skittles this month.

I’m still having a bit of GI distress and the erratic high blood pressures. Awaiting my follow-up with a new GI at the end of the month and my 5-year colonoscopy. Yippee. But, I’ve started to regularly take a pre/pro-biotic and drinking kombucha tea several times a week. I thought that would help with that ongoing bacterial/yeast infection issue but at my physical earlier this week they found I have another yeast infection so I was back on antibiotics again. I just hope we can find the root of all of this. I can’t help but think all of this is just from the stress of this past year. I started to see a chiropractor as well. Been twice so far and have another appointment this weekend. Let’s just say my back and my neck are jacked-up. I’m sitting here as I type with a hot pad around my neck after today’s adjustments and massage therapy.

Continue reading “Busy Bee”

Connect With Us

Just wanted to take a sec to let you know some other ways you can stay in touch with Missing Emmett:

  1. Email notifications. On the right side of the site, under the search field, click “Follow” and enter your email address. Then, anytime we make a new post, you’ll be notified straight away! (If you have a WordPress site, you can also sign-up by using the “Reader” tool.)

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  2. Facebook. Follow our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/missingemmett. Receive updates of new blog posts plus other useful resources and information from the interwebs.

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  3. Instagram. Follow Emmett’s mom, Christina, on Instagram @xtinarelacion, where she posts random different photos not just about grief and pregnancy loss, but about Emmett’s fur brother, food, her massive love of all things Disney, and more.
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  4. Crowdrise. Join Emmett’s Sole Mates, a team to support the Massachusetts Chapter of The TEARS Foundation’s annual Rock & Walk Event.

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You can help by “Joining” the team as a participant. Even if you can’t attend the physical event, you can join as a virtual walker and help fundraise along with the other members of the team. You also can “Donate” to the team. Make a gift to help us reach our $5,000 fundraising goal by June 25, 2017. (If you’d like to become an event sponsor, please let me know by using the “Contact” page and I’ll reach out with more info.)

We hope you will connect with us on some of these other channels or share with others who may benefit.

Thank you again for all of your love and support on this journey.

♥ Christina