The Precious Prints Project comforts grieving families by providing them a free sterling silver pendant bearing the fingerprint of their child.
Keepsake comforts families who have lost a child.
UT Nursing students organized a fundraising run for tomorrow called "Sprint for the Prints."
A partnership between the nursing students and Children's Hospitals is comforting those who grieve.
A picture shows a cute red head who loved to dance and lit up a room with her smile even after a devastating diagnosis.
"She was diagnosed with leukemia when she was a little over one and it was the worst kind," Janet Griffin said.
She's Chloe's grandmother. She said Chloe endured cancer treatments for a year and passed away in May.
"She touched so many hearts in such a short life span," Griffin said.
It's families like Chloe's who Lynne Miller decided to help. The UT College of Nursing instructor started a project called Precious Prints. It's a partnership between the University of Tennessee, UT nursing students, and nurses at Children's Hospital to create keepsakes.
"We can't understand, we can never fathom that loss, but if there's anything we can do as nurses to assist someone and to maybe help a little bit that's something we want to do. It teaches our students leadership, philanthropy, and community service. It's good for a local business because the vendor, Precious Metal Prints, is able to get their product out there and Children's Hospital can benefit by giving a service to their patients as well," Lynne Miller said.
Nikki Parton is one of the nurses in Children's Hospital's NICU who takes the impressions of baby's fingerprints after they've passed away.
"The prints we actually do on a little mold and we send to the artist and they mail it to the family later," she explained.
The material is converted into a small permanent memento.
"They actually put their hands on it and hold it in their hands and put their finger right inside that fingerprint to have is just so precious," Parton said.
So far they've made about 70 Precious Prints.
"You bond with these families and you really see them struggle and you watch these babies fight so hard and you get so attached to them and the families it's just so nice to be able to give them something," she said.
Chloe's grandmother Janet Griffin said, "It just makes me know that it's a piece of her I have with me at all times."
She never takes off her necklace with an angel charm and Chloe's Precious Print.
"I feel her strength in it. And I feel like... not only am I holding her hand she's holding mine. So it helps me get through every hour and every minute of the day," she said.
Proceeds from a race will pay for the kits to make the keepsakes.
The 5K "Sprint for Prints" Saturday starts at 8:00 at Circle Park on the UT campus.
Details from Precious Prints:
WHAT: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing Student Nurses' Association is hosting a 5K called "Sprint for the Prints" to fundraise for its philanthropy project, the Precious Prints Project. The Precious Prints Project provides a silver finger charm to families who have lost a child at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
WHEN: 8 a.m., Sept. 14. The event is $28 and includes a T-shirt if you register before Aug. 31. Register by visiting http://bit.ly/14CAdDS.
WHERE: Circle Park on the UT Campus. Parking is available in the G10 parking garage, next to Thompson-Boling Arena.
BACKGROUND: The loss of a child is a devastating experience for parents and families. The Precious Prints Project, launched in 2012, aims to give comfort to grieving families by providing them a free sterling silver pendant bearing the fingerprint of their child. Through the efforts of the Student Nurses Association, more than 60 families have received a tangible remembrance of their child.
To find out more about the project, visit http://bit.ly/198uPGC.