Chalita Rodliem Receives the Angel on Earth Award

2024 Angel on Earth Award presented by Kennedy’s Angel Gowns

On May 4, 2024, the Kennedy’s Angel Gowns community came together for a heartfelt night of remembrance and support at the Angel Ball, held at the Hub757 in Suffolk, Virginia. During the program, we celebrated Chalita Rodliem and announced her as the 2024 Angel on Earth Award recipient. Although unable to attend the event, her father, Al DeMary, graciously accepted the award on her behalf.

The Angel Ball, an event focused on raising funds to further Kennedy’s Angel Gowns’ mission of promoting awareness about pregnancy and infant loss and black maternal health, is a poignant occasion where individuals can unite in solidarity and understanding. The night acknowledged the strength of parents like Chalita, whose experiences of loss have become a source of support for countless others.

After losing her daughter, Nova Rae, Chalita found herself in a place of grief and depression. She discovered that helping other bereaved parents offered her a glimmer of healing. “While dealing with my depression, I learned that helping others heal from their loss was doing me great justice and helping me heal a little more myself,” she previously shared.

Chalita’s journey through grief has shaped her mission to support families facing similar struggles, finding solace and meaning in comforting others. She recognizes the immense pain and isolation that comes with losing a child and has made it her purpose to ensure that others do not feel alone. “Even though the pain never goes away, having the support makes future days a little brighter,” she affirmed.

Although she often wonders about the broader impact of her work, her efforts have created ripples of change within her immediate circle, breaking down the silence around these losses. “Those who bear witness to my loss have learned that losing a child is one of the most traumatic experiences anyone can imagine,” she acknowledged.

At the heart of Chalita’s approach lies the belief in the power of community. “It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to grieve a child, too. Kennedy’s Angel Gowns and The Angel Ball is that village to me,” she emphasized. Her advice for those looking to support grieving families is straightforward but powerful: “Just be there! Listen, soothe, and offer support with no expectations in return.”

Chalita remains a pillar of strength and support, creating spaces where families can grieve and heal together. She said, “I will continue to be others’ village and support system.” Her dedication to fostering a compassionate community is a testament to her legacy of love, and we are grateful to have her as our Angel on Earth.

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