LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — After suffering a stillbirth in 2016, a Lexington family is now helping others navigate what can be an excruciating time.
Jordan and Dion Sanders say that in 2016, their world changed forever. Their daughter, Amiah Mae, was stillborn, but her twin brother, Elijah, survived. Jordan and Dion knew they needed to find a way to move forward for the sake of their little boy, but also carry Amiah Mae with them.
“You know, we knew she was gone but we never wanted to forget, and so that was the premise not wanting to forget who she was or who she would’ve been,” said Dion.
The Sanders family decided that the best way to honor Amiah Mae would be to help other families who experience the same heartbreak. They created the Amiah Mae Foundation to help with burial costs and offer support to those who suffer infant loss.
“You’ve got people coming in throwing burial costs at you and headstone costs and all these different costs that you’re not, you didn’t plan for it. You planned for a hospital bill for the birth you didn’t plan to bury a child,” said Jordan.
Their work is a painful reminder of the little girl they didn’t get to know, but who is with them always.
“It’s an awful thing that happens and we wouldn’t wish it on anybody, but if we can help a family that’s going through it, that does it for us, it’s the reason we started this foundation,” Dion said.
This Thursday, the Amia Mae Foundation is holding its annual fundraiser at the signature club at Lansdowne. For more information click here.