Letter after People Magazine Article
After People Magazine published an article about the MISS Foundation and the MISSing Angels Bill
in their December 11, 2006 issue, Joanne Cacciatore received a very powerful, hand-written letter:
Dear Ms Joanne Cacciatore,
I read about your work for stillborn babies. I lost my little girl, Jackie, in September of 1953. She was born half- alive and half-dead but despite doctors working on her for 45 minutes, she did not make it. I was unable to obtain any proof she existed. All these years I grieved for her. I am ashamed to say I did nothing to change things. I was only 19 years old and had a mother who would discourage me in any endeavor. I did not learn to fight for anything until I decided to adopt five Korean war orphans. They all grew up to be wonderful people and I’m so proud of my “babies”- but there is always one baby who I always love so much and miss.
In those days they take “it away” and I (was) left with empty arms…when I was sent home…we got permission from the board of health to move Jackie to our family plot and I was able to open her casket and [for the first time] see our baby. We were not allowed to touch her so we stood there and burned the memory of her beautiful face to be able to recall it to this day. I am now 72 years old and I remember what she looked like.
I need for you to tell me: Is Ohio one of the 14 states that adopted the measure to allow us a certificate? If not, how do I persuade them to move on it? How do I join the advocacy club? I would appreciate any help and information you can give me.
Mother of Jackie
~~~ Responses like these are the MISS Foundation continues its work. We empower others, we remember, we honor, and we fight for what is right.
For all our children, even those, like Jackie, who died many, many years ago. We will not forget you.