Jessica Gaddie - Chapter Director
After 11 years of battling severe PCOS and starting the adoptions of our two boys, we were beyond surprised when the pregnancy test finally read positive. Soon after that, during my first OB visit, I held our precious baby in the palm of my hand as I cried in anguish over my miscarriage. In an instant our hope of ever having a baby was shattered.
Over the next 9 years we loved and raised our boys, celebrated our 40th birthdays along with our 20th anniversary, and prepared for our empty nest that was just one short year away. That’s when we found out I was pregnant again. To say we were surprised and overjoyed would be a huge understatement. We listened to his heartbeat every night, saw him dancing for us at our ultrasounds once a week, and rejoiced at every milestone we reached. In that time, that tiny baby boy brought hope to many infertile couples we encountered along the way.
At nearly 6 months, I was rushed to the hospital and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy we named Wilson Glenn, who was born still. In that moment, the overwhelming joy we once felt instantly turned into overwhelming despair. We couldn’t find solace, comfort or peace. We felt lost and alone. We needed help but our county lacked the support we desperately needed. M.E.N.D. became our lifeline after I stumbled across their Ornament Exchange on social media, so we decided to continue Wilson’s legacy of hope by bringing M.E.N.D. to Palm Beach County for the countless families currently grieving alone.
M.E.N.D. is a registered 501(c)(3) and was founded in Irving, TX in 1996. Please take a moment to meet our Board of Directors and national leadership team.