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November 10: National Day of Mourning

Tabernacle, NJ Declares November 10, National Day of Mourning for Deceased Children

Whereas, on November 10th 2006, Kevin and Nickie Baranowski lost baby boy Luca after his birth as a result of complications from an extremely rare form of skeletal dysplasia. Upon first hearing of the diagnosis, the family searched the Internet, spoke with doctors and tried to find a way to save him. It was found that there were only a handful of skeletal dysplasias that have been researched enough to have their gene codes mapped. This was an extremely unsettling reality, the family now faced the death of baby boy Luca and also had to deal with something that has had relatively little research; and

Whereas, in wake of Luca’s death, The Luca John Foundation was created with two main goals:

  • Provide the research community the funds it needs to find the gene code responsible for rare forms of skeletal dysplasia, and groups that increase the quality of life for children with all forms of skeletal dysplasia
  • Provide the financial support for families who have children that are still born or die within the first 12 months of life; and

Whereas, we ask that all employees wear Black & Gray Luca Ribbons on November 10th and proclaim November 10th as an Official Township Day of Mourning for Deceased Children with all rights and privileges such designation deserves.

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Now, Therefore, Be It Proclaimed, that Tabernacle Township, County of Burlington, State of New Jersey, recognize The Luca John Foundation and its efforts making November 10th a National Day of Mourning for deceased children.

Be It Further Proclaimed that Tabernacle Township acknowledges that this can only be done by support from the community as well as our civic leaders and shall provide a copy of this Proclamation to all the municipalities in the State of New Jersey and its Legislative Officials.

Now, Therefore, Be It Proclaimed, that Tabernacle Township, County of Burlington, State of New Jersey, recognize The Luca John Foundation and its efforts making November 10th a National Day of Mourning for deceased children.

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