Guild Vice President
I am a wife, mom, and designer, among other things. Since my second baby was stillborn become somewhat of a writer. My first son, Walker, was stillborn on July 5, 2009. Surviving him has changed my life in countless ways. I am a different person living a different life. I am a mother of four: Olive is our compassionate, sassy girl. Walker is the son I long for. George is our sweet and crazy boy. Thompson is our baby boy, determined and goofy. Every day I find joy in my Loves that are here with me. But every day I long for my little Love who is dead.
After Walker’s death, I felt like I died too. Then for a long time I was just hardly surviving. It’s hard to admit, but I have started to feel like I am living again. My eyes fill with tears even thinking that thought. As soon as I was emotionally able, I started thinking of ways I could do work in honor of my baby who I was still grieving for deeply. As a founding member of this guild, I am honored to be working to create change. I am proud to support the work of GAPPS. I am grateful to have a another reason to keep talking about my son. The Stillborn Still Loved Guild is a way for me to honor Walker and my friends’ babies and leave an impact on the reality of stillbirth in our world.
Guild Founding Member
In May of 2004, Ralph Morton moved to Seattle where he continues to serve as the Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission (SSC). The SSC is a local non-profit whose goal is to significantly increase economic impact and promote Seattle as a premier destination through sports and recreation. In partnership with Abbie, Ashley and Keli; Ralph was a founding member of the Stillborn / Still Loved Guild as a way to honor his son Harry, who passed away on August 23, 2008. In addition to supporting this Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Guild and the work of GAPPS, he also serves on the board of directors for the Seattle Police Foundation, the Special Olympics of Washington and the National Association of Sports Commission. Ralph is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he studied sports management and currently resides on Mercer Island with his wife Laura, three daughters Eugenie, Louise and Catherine and son Ralph Jr.
Keli Hansen is a long time resident of the Pacific Northwest, residing in the Seattle area since 1997. She is a wife and the mother of two boys, Adam stillborn at 38 weeks in 2004, and Cole born in 2005. When away from home, she keeps very busy caring for critically ill children at Seattle Children’s Hospital as an acute care nurse practitioner in the organ transplant department. Keli tackles everything in her life with zest and sass, and usually a bit of humor. Keli enjoys running and when not running she and her husband enjoy entertaining and experimenting with food and wine pairings.
I am a wife, friend, nomad, thinker, feeler, advocate… I am a mother. Born in the Seattle area, I have moved many times only to arrive back where I started. I used to love the excitement of change and the adventure of moving to new places, but July 24th, 2008 the stillbirth of my son, Isaiah, changed me. In so many small and large ways I am not the person I was, and I will never be the same. It took me a while to find joy again and now when I find joy, it is in different things.
I was once blindsided by the stillbirth of my son and mortified by how stillbirth is handled in our culture. Now I have become passionate about seeing Isaiah’s death used to help other families. I have become passionate about honoring my son by positively affecting change in the future. These days I want to use my life, my heart, my body, my tragedy, and my brokenness to comfort others. I also want to use my passion to work for stillbirth prevention and to keep stillbirth from blindsiding other families in the future. I currently reside in Renton, with my best friend and husband, Duane… my daughter, Paige, born in 2011… my daughter, Quinn, born in 2012… and Milo, the cat. I finally finished my M.A. with a thesis project on Stillbirth Advocacy!