Acts of Kindness: Gaby Foster - 8 News NOW

Acts of Kindness: Gaby Foster

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LAS VEGAS - In November 2012, Gaby Foster was six months pregnant with her baby Jalen. Tragedy struck, however, as the child developed a rare and fatal bacterial infection.

"We walked into the hospital pregnant and walked out empty-handed," Foster said. "I felt broken, shaken. No one could understand my pain."

To make matters worse, Foster says she couldn't find support groups for grieving parents. As part of her personal healing process, she decided to ensure no other parent goes through that pain alone.

In 2013, Foster created the Jalen's Gift Foundation in honor of her son.

"I wanted him to be remembered. I didn't want him to be forgotten," she said.

Learn more about the Jalen's Gift Foundation

Through the Jalen's Gift Foundation, she and other volunteers provide grieving parents with emotional support, financial assistance for funeral arrangements and keepsake memory boxes.

"All we have at the end are memories. We have photographers that come that have also lost their babies. They come into the hospital to capture the last memories, the last moments with the family if the family wishes to do so. We also do care packages so no mom walks out empty-handed," Foster said.

Instead, families receive a blue or pink angel bear, a canvas for the babies' footprints and handprints, an acknowledgment of life with a birth certificate and angel blankets.

"When the mother misses that baby, it will soak up many tears," Foster said.

While she still volunteers at Sunrise Hospital and thinks every day about Jalen, Foster is now three months pregnant, and she says she's very appreciative about this upcoming chapter in her life.

"They call her a rainbow baby. After the storm, you can now see the rainbow," she said.

8 News NOW is rewarding Gaby Foster's efforts, awarding her $800 as part of its weekly series Acts of Kindness.

If you wish to nominate someone for Acts of Kindness, visit our website or e-mail us.

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