Massage therapy a great kindness to grieving parents

To the editor:

I want to acknowledge and thank Ginger Ross for her generosity in providing massage therapy to parents who have experienced the loss of a baby (“A helping hand in a time of need,” May 14 Newberg Graphic).

As referenced in the May 14 article, the Nora Madelyn Fund for Infant and Child Loss (part of the Providence Newberg Health Foundation) and the Providence Newberg Medical Center’s Perinatal Loss Committee host a Remembrance Ceremony each summer by the glass butterfly memorial in the hospital’s healing garden. Families who have experienced the loss of a baby in pregnancy or infancy are welcome to attend and release a butterfly in memory of their child or children.May 28 letters to the editor

This year’s Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. July 13. A reservation is required to include your child in the butterfly release. For information or to make a reservation, please visit or call 503-537-1621.

Thank you to Darci Vanden Hoek of Blueline Studios who generously donates her time to photograph the ceremony and butterfly release. One of her photos accompanied the May 14 article.

The Nora Madelyn Fund for Infant and Child Loss provides support and resources to bereaved families in our community. The fund also provides support and education to medical staff and care providers.

On a personal note, I want to gratefully acknowledge the dedication and sensitivity with which the birth center nurses and hospital staff care for families who have experienced a loss. I know this from personal experience because I was one of those patients.

I am proud that the hospital and foundation provide support to bereaved families in our community, and am proud to be part of it in memory and honor of my daughter, Nora Madelyn, who died shortly after birth in 2002.

Raina Dey, Newberg

NHS did community proud with staging of meet

To the editor:

I would like to congratulate Newberg High School for the very competently organized and executed hosting of the Pacific League District Track and Field Championships.

This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beautiful complex that the citizens of Newberg, with additional help from specific donors, voted to fund. We have a facility that is the envy of most schools and it is thanks to the interest that the community has shown toward its own youth.

NHS Athletic Director Tim Burke, administrator Dan Malone, the cheerleaders of the school, the track and field coaches, and volunteer help all were part of this concerted effort.

I can tell you as someone who has had connection with the program that I was very proud of their efforts in the smooth efficiency of meet management.

As some know but not all, Newberg will be in a newly constituted league next year and head coach Brandon Ramey has mentioned his intention of having Newberg be the first host of this new league’s track and field championships. The league cannot find a better host to showcase the talent these schools will bring to the track.

Scott Phoenix, Newberg

Thanks for recognition of Huffman in history column

To the editor:

I was surprised and pleased to see the article featuring my mother, Doris Jones Huffman, and her involvement with local history. Mom would have been thrilled with the recognition for her efforts.

Upon her passing, I donated Mom’s history collection to the Oregon Historical Society and her research can be accessed there.

Thank you for featuring and promoting our area’s rich history.

Corinne Huffman Waterbury, Newberg

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