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TEARS Foundation helps cover children's funeral expenses

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Mar 4, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The TEARS Foundation assists parents with funeral expenses for their children. Three of the women who work with TEARS here in Nevada have devastating stories.

Amanda had one-year-old twin girls.  But when they spent the night with a family member, one of them, Kylee, slipped off the bed and suffocated. Jacqui lost her baby in an umbilical cord accident.

And Charlene remembers the shock of losing her child, coupled with the shock of funeral expenses. "The last option was to sign my son over for mass burial. It made me sick. I don't think any mom should not have a resting place and visit as wanted."

Charlene Mannila wanted to do something about that. So she brought The TEARS Foundation to Nevada. They pay $500 toward funeral expenses for families in the same situation. More than the money, they offer support.  Something Amanda McGahen wishes she'd had.  "You feel like a statistic.  It would've been  nice to know you're not alone. You feel like you're the only one who's ever lost a child."
 
The TEARS Foundation is also teaming up nationwide with Cribs For Kids. So money, these local ladies raise will stay here to help Nevada families pay for cribs and when necessary, caskets.
 
Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.