Finn Parker Urgo Memorial Fund

$2,365 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 9 months
On December 22, 2016, at a routine anatomy ultrasound for our second child, we were given the earth shattering news that our baby boy had a fatal neural tube defect called anencephaly.  This diagnosis is deemed "incompatible with life" since there is no cure or treatment and is 100% fatal in all cases.
After tears and prayer, God gave us a great peace to give our son life for as long as we possibly could.
Since anencephaly affects the brain and skull, pregnancy is complicated and doctors were very clear that our baby could die at any point.
But we knew our little man was a fighter...which is why we named him Finn: fair fighter, persistent and brave.
Parker(keeper of the forest) is in honor of our love for trees and the outdoors, where we most experience God in His creation.
We treasured the moments we had with Finn: sharing sweet family time, experiences with his big brother, Levi, and talking about his movements and activity to anyone who would listen.
God laid 2 Corinthians 4:18 on our hearts as a verse to hold onto in times of despair and grief, since our hope was in a miracle that was yet to be seen and we knew Finn was making an impact on eternity even from the womb. 
Lynnsey carried Finn to full term on April 17th and doctors advised induction on 4-19-17.  After a very long labor process Finn was compassionately delivered by the expert staff at Augusta Health at 2:53pm on Friday, April 21st.  His family lovingly welcomed him, held him, kissed him and absorbed every moment they could spend with him before the sun set all too quickly on our time with him.
We continue to be amazed at the impact of this little life and desire to give back to the incredible community of love who prayed, hoped and cried with us as we cherished our little boy.
The funds* raised through this campaign will go to:
- a scholarship to a deserving Page County High School Senior, pursuing a career in medicine, in the classes of 2017-2020 (the groups of students who lovingly anticipated Mrs. Urgo's baby) 
- a piece of equipment to be donated to the Labor & Delivery Unit at Augusta Health in Finn's name
- a memorial designation on a local trail or outdoor area

*If anyone would prefer to write a check, please make it out to Staunton Alliance Church and designate it for "Finn Urgo's Memorial Fund" in the memo.
Please mail it to:
Staunton Alliance Church
560 New Hope Road
Staunton, VA 24401
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I love posting updates and sharing what the Lord is doing through the wonderful community that loves us so well.
Finn's bench was installed this fall at Mountain View Park and it is beautiful. Thank you so much to all who so generously donated to make that memorial site possible. If you have a chance to visit, please take a picture on the bench and send it to me here or on Instagram so we can add you to our scrapbook.

Additionally, my amazing friends and neighbors have encouraged us to do a 5K at the Park on Finn's birthday to raise money for a Cuddle Cot to donate to Augusta Health (where Finn was delivered).
For more information on the Cuddle Cot and the Walk/Run please visit the race site...
https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Grottoes/FinnParkerUrgoWalk5K
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My heart is bursting to share with everyone that the Town Manager of Grottoes has been in touch with me and plans are in order to install a beautiful, engraved bench at Mountain View Park in Finn's memory. The bench will be located beside the pond where we enjoyed Kid's Fish Day this April as a family while Finn kicked and rolled inside me.
We cannot thank you enough for all of your financial gifts, meals, kind words and emotional support through this journey of grief and hope.
We continue to trust the Lord to work all things together for our good and His purposes (Romans 8:28)
Blessings to you <3
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This week we had the wonderful privilege of watching the class of 2017 complete their high school journey. Among the many highlights was the presentation of Finn's Memorial Scholarship to a graduating Senior at Page County High School. Miss Bailey Dallas is the 2017 recipient and we could not have selected a more deserving, compassionate, hard working young lady. She has connected with Finn's story, cared for our family and rallied her classmates, community and teachers to honor our sweet little boy. WHSV featured Bailey in a story that highlighted the Anencephaly awareness day she helped coordinate at PCHS in May. So many of the graduates proudly wore a green ribbon on their cap or gown on Saturday in honor of Finn's short but abundant life (forest green is the color for Anencephaly awareness). My heart is so full sending Bailey and her 2017 classmates out into the world to continue their impact on hearts and lives. Congratulations Bails! We love you!
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Thank you all so much for your abundant generosity and we continue to look forward to all that God is doing through this little boy's life.
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Raised by 24 people in 9 months
Created May 4, 2017
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KG
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Kristie Grant
20 days ago

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6 months ago
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Nancy Jo Todd
9 months ago

Lynnsey - I am so sorry to hear about your son. Your mom was just telling me a little bit about your story and how strong you were through the whole time. I am so proud of the woman you have become and that your strength comes from the One who knows you and loves you best!! I believe God will use your testimony, and the hurts your heart experienced to bring healing to others down the road. He has a way of using our hurts to give us courage to reach out to others. Your Mom also told me about your grandfather, and so I make this donation in his memory. He was an amazing servant of the Lord all his life, and a significant influence in my life. I know that my relationship with my Lord through high school had a lot to do with the loving influence of your grandparents. Blessings, My Friend!

CP

We have been thinking and praying for you guys. Stay strong.

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