Health Heroes: Heather & Demitri Wilson
The founders of Kennedy’s Angel Gowns were featured in Inside Business from The Virginian-Pilot (VP). We are so thankful for the article which helps raise awareness of our efforts through this organization.
Heather and Demitri Wilson lost their daughter Kennedy Milan when she was stillborn following a placental abruption. They shared with VP how they found only silence when dealing with their grief. We’re thankful for this point because it is the heart of why we bring awareness to pregnancy and infant loss—break the silence.
“There literally were no resources, no one knew what to do, no one knew what to say.”Heather Wilson
It is important to mention what Heather and Demitri experienced after their loss. “The more the couple opened up about their story, the more they found that others had gone through similar circumstances,” the article stated. We continue to experience this with the families we serve and our online community. When faced with pregnancy and infant loss, we want every family to know—you are not alone.
Heather and Demitri founded Kennedy’s Angel Gowns to sew burial gowns and garments out of donated wedding gowns for grieving families. It was also helpful VP shared that we offer resources as well as continue to raise awareness about pregnancy and infant loss.
The article reported seven hospitals have been equipped with Cuddle Cots™ and Caring Cradles (through our Cooling Units Campaign); we’re happy to report it is now eight. The donations are used to purchase these specialized units that allow families more time with their child before burial. Visit our donate page to learn how you can help meet our goal.
We love our community, so it was exciting to see the shoutout to The Up Center. Heather is now a case manager at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center and Demitri is a battalion chief at Suffolk Fire and Rescue. Since these are both full-time jobs, you can find opportunities posted on the website to help Kennedy’s Angel Gowns.
Here are more highlights to check out:
- The first bereavement room is open at Sentara Norfolk General
- We host sew-ins every other month
- We do not need any more wedding gown donations right now
- You can support us through your shopping
- Attend the annual Angel Ball to support us
In the News
Heather and Demitri Wilson | Health Care Heros by The Virginian-Pilot