Eleven Who Care Honoree: Taryn Krumwiede

RICHFIELD, Minn. -- Taryn is the founder and driving force behind Ella's Halo, a non-profit dedicated to serving families with infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at local Twin Cities hospitals.

Taryn and her husband, Ryan know firsthand what it is like to have a child in the NICU and started Ella's Halo in honor of their daughter Ella, who passed away after 83 days of life. Ella's precious life was short, but everyday her memory passes on a message of love and encouragement to other families.

Ella's Halo volunteers work to provide hospitals with welcome bags that are delivered to families with infants in the NICU. The heart behind these bags is to give families and their infants something to help them to feel more comfortable and to help the NICU feel more like home. Items delivered in the welcome bags include: blankets, toiletries, water bottles and more.

After experiencing the loss of their child, Taryn and Ryan Krumwiede learned how valuable it is to have the support of others. They were able to find support and comfort at Faith's Lodge, a retreat center for families coping with serious illness or death of a child. Taryn has continued to serve as a strong supporter of Faith's Lodge and currently serves on their Family Outreach Committee.

Those that know Taryn say that "she is an inspiration to many and that is why others are drawn to her. She has taken something so painful and make into something that is truly beautiful".

Visit Ella's Halo to learn more about Ella's story and how you can support the organization's efforts.

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