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Every parent’s worst nightmare is losing a child. Shannon Becker lived that nightmare. Mom to then 3-year-old Josh and 4.5 month-old Reese, Shannon never thought that she would suffer the loss of one of them. Yet on February 10th of this year, sweet Reese suddenly stopped breathing at daycare and never recovered. In the days following her baby’s death, Shannon reached out to soothe the pain of those around her. She was deeply concerned about the feelings of her daycare provider who was with Reese when the tragedy occurred. Shannon insisted that she sit with the family at the funeral. Shannon and her husband, A.J., visited the Emergency Medical Technicians and Doctors who worked so hard to try to revive Reese. They thanked them for their efforts and delivered pictures of their gorgeous girl in happier times. Finally the Coroner called with the autopsy results; SIDS. SIDS means that there simply was no explanation for the death of beautiful Reese. At least, medical technology currently cannot explain why Shannon’s Little Bit died. Shannon thanked the Coroner for the care he took with baby Reese during the autopsy. She had heard that he wrapped her tiny baby in her own receiving blanket. Shannon wanted the Coroner to know that his work was meaningful. It mattered that he treated her girl with respect and gentleness. Shannon did everything right with her baby. If Reese wanted to be held and cuddled she was. Shannon and A.J. offered her a pacifier as is the current recommendation and made sure that her sleeping environment was the safest. They are exemplary parents. Yet their “Angelbaby” is gone. Reese’s legacy is to remind all of us to hold our children a little bit tighter. Truly, though we all try our hardest as parents, anything can happen. We must love one another in the moments that we have. Reese taught me that. Shannon told me that as much as she would trade it for anything in the world, the loss of Reese has had its gifts. She and A.J. need never fear death. They know that their sweet Angelbaby awaits them someday. After such a great loss this little family fears almost nothing. They embrace one another and the moments that they have together. They know all to well, how fleeting those moments can be. Everyone who knows Shannon considers her to be the most inspirational Mom that we know. Shannon has organized a run on behalf of First Candle to benefit SIDS research. Shannon often runs to the cemetery where her Angelbaby was buried. On September 25th, friends and family of Reese will run in hopes that SIDS will prevent other families from losing their precious children. Please vote for Shannon. Reese would have been one-year-old on this September 20th. Every baby deserves a first birthday. Shannon’s Blog – http://anangelofourown.blogspot.com/ Newspaper Article about Reese - http://www.rrstar.com/updates/x1190295153/Elizabeth-Davies-Babys-passing-teaches-lesson

34 Comments

  • As a close friend of Shannon’s, I can attest to the amazing person that she is. She constantly reaches out to make sure WE are ok and that WE have her support.

    She tells us stories about Little Bit and lets us share our feelings and thoughts about her.

    She is honest with her feelings and doesn’t hold back how she feels.

    I am so proud to call Shannon a friend. She gave her sweet Angelbaby up to God so that she could work miracles for the rest of us here on Earth. How lucky are we to have our own personal connection to God.

    Thanks for sharing Shannon’s story. And thank you for remembering Reese. <3

    Adrienne commented on Sep 12 11 at 5:22 am Reply
  • As her cousin I can also attest to this. The day of baby Reese’s funeral I was, like everyone else very upset. She came up to me and asked ME how I was doing. I was in awe of this, thinking I should be asking YOU how you’re doing. She is so amazing and such an inspiration to many. I hope one day I can be as great as a person and mom as Shannon. <3

    Erica commented on Sep 12 11 at 3:40 pm Reply
  • Shannon is my oldest daughter, and she is more than amazing and compassionate and caring. Our Faith is very strong and that is what is helping a great deal, but without Shannon and her positive energy and strength, we would all be crumbled. She is making sure her son, 4 year old Joshua, has a very happy childhood and we all talk about Reese often and LOVE and MISS HER so very much. Shannon very much wants this horrible, tragic event to not touch another family and we all will strive to keep awareness alive and make Reese very proud of us. There is no one more deserving than Shannon for an honor such as this.Thank you to the wonderful person that nominated her, and to all who vote for her.

    Gayle Verboort commented on Sep 12 11 at 4:33 pm Reply
  • Wow! What a remarkable family. How proud you must be of your beautiful baby Reese. She already has left a major imprint on so many, and the ” strength” and “awe” that you show- Shannon/Gayle/Family is amazing. We can all learn from you.

    Linda VanDyke commented on Sep 12 11 at 7:39 pm Reply
  • Reese has taught me to never take a single moment with my children for granted. Shannon has taught me how to be a stronger woman. It was so obvious while little Reese was alive that she truly had a wonderful mother in Shannon. I think that God knew that Reese would only be on this Earth a short while, and in his wisdom he gave Shannon to Reese. He knew what a wonderful mother Shannon is and that she would fill Reese’s short life with so much love and happiness.

    Stephanie Longacre commented on Sep 13 11 at 1:12 am Reply
  • heartbreaking to lose such a little angel, beautiful family my condolances in this time of healing. I can tell she was well loved just by the familys comments, video and story bless you all.

    Diana commented on Sep 13 11 at 2:38 am Reply
  • I do not know you but I do know Lisa, what a great friend for setting this up. Often times we can not understand gods plan. God does not give us anything that we can not handle. Times like these make many people question there faith. Let this pull you closer to him thru prayer. God bless you and your family. I have 3 children and could not imagine, guess you better get busy making more, hopefully that made you crack a smile.

    Garrett Knox commented on Sep 13 11 at 3:23 am Reply
  • I Vote for her!!! She sounds amazing and beautiful. God bless her and her family.

    Gracie commented on Sep 13 11 at 9:04 am Reply
  • What an incredible inspiration – both Baby Reese and Shannon! Thank you for sharing this story and more importantly, thank you for sharing your gift of love with the world <3 God Bless you All!!!

    Brandi Sullivan commented on Sep 13 11 at 12:38 pm Reply
  • Tears….tears…May the Lord give your family all the tender loving care you show to your litlle angel.

    Silvia Seman commented on Sep 13 11 at 4:11 pm Reply
  • I lost my 5 week old daughter to SIDS on christmas day 2009 , research for this is so important.

    CPeevy commented on Sep 13 11 at 6:39 pm Reply
  • Shannon, I think about you so often. You are one strong mama. Hugs and love.

    Kristi Engelstad commented on Sep 14 11 at 3:54 am Reply
  • I too share (sadly) in the loss. I delivered baby BO on september 24, 2001. he passed on september 27, 2001. It was DEVASTATING!!!!
    May GOD always comfort you, and may you NEVER feel alone!!!
    ~annie

    annie hanson (baby Bo's mommy) commented on Sep 14 11 at 4:28 am Reply
  • Wow. What an incredible testimony to what a remarkable person Shannon must be.
    To Shannon and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Elizabeth L. commented on Sep 14 11 at 6:15 pm Reply
  • Your story has helped so many mothers. Thank you for sharing and teaching us the power of a mothers Love for her angles. God
    bless you and your family.

    Elsie. commented on Sep 15 11 at 3:12 am Reply
  • I want to add that the truly inspirational part of Shannon is that she is so loving and caring for others! She is so strong! She has always been concerned with how others are feeling. She’s so willing to talk about the events of Reese’s sudden death. I feel so blessed to know her and to have known of Reese and her special spirit, And thankful for Shannon for sharing Reese with everyone she knows. She is such a loving mom. Her strength has has inspired me as a mom.

    Angela commented on Sep 15 11 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • I can not imagine the world without Shannon Becker. I only know it would be a much different, much less comforting place. Even through her darkest hours she has lifted the spirits and emotions of those around her. She has comforted others when she and her family are the ones who needed the comforting. I love Shannon and look at her as one of the most truly inspiring women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing!! Thank you for teaching me to hug my children tighter, appreciate them greater, and love stronger!

    Jen Luna commented on Sep 15 11 at 6:14 pm Reply
  • Annie, and CPEEVY, I am so sorry for your losses. I, too, have voted for Shannon, she has been amazing through this heartwrenching experience. She has mourned with a group of people who care so much, she often ends up comforting others for her loss. I would love to see Shannon win, the contest ends on what should be Reese’s first birthday, winning money for SIDS reearch would certainly brighten that gloomy day.

    Rhonda Smith commented on Sep 15 11 at 6:27 pm Reply
  • I wish that there were words to fully explain the impact that Shannon and Reese have had in my life. She has taught me to truly appreciate life – in all of its’ challenges – to kiss and hug my children every morning – to treasure every moment. And, when life seems like it is too much to bear, I think of Shannon, of her grace and strength in all she has endured – in her tireless efforts to educate others about SIDS – I think of a woman who has been through the worse loss imaginable but still has time and compassion for others. When I hear the word “inspirational” – Shannon is the first person who comes to mind. She has inspired me, my family and my friends – to live more fully, to laugh more often, and to love more deeply.
    We <3 you Shannon!

    Jodi Scheib commented on Sep 15 11 at 8:58 pm Reply
  • Shannon truly embodies grace in the face of tragedy. She has been such an inspiration to me.

    Carrie Katai commented on Sep 15 11 at 11:15 pm Reply
  • Yes, Shannon is SUCH an inspiration! I often tell myself that if she can live with such grace and even humor after what she has endured, then I can get over myself and whatever inconvenience I am dealing with at the time. For all the Moms who have lost babies to SIDS, I really hope that Shannon wins this and the prize goes to SIDS research. Shannon is a remarkable woman.

    AmyLu commented on Sep 15 11 at 11:19 pm Reply
  • Shannon is the strongest woman I know. She is an inspiration to everyone who knows her. Reese will live forever in my heart.

    LLaFuria commented on Sep 16 11 at 1:07 am Reply
  • Shannon. Just wow. She is one of the most selfless people I have ever seen while facing such an unbelievably gut-wrenching personal tragedy. She reached out to everyone around her that was affected by HER daughter’s passing. It was truly one of the most touching things I have ever seen. I think of her, Reese, and Joshy every. single. day.

    Anna Pittard commented on Sep 16 11 at 1:18 am Reply
  • What is so special about Shannon is that not only has she touched many people through her story and perseverance, she has personally comforted and encouraged everyone around her. In what were her hardest moments she had the strength to pick others up. I know it would mean so much to her to play a part in research that could prevent other families from suffering the same tragedy.

    Amy commented on Sep 16 11 at 1:36 am Reply
  • What an inspiration Shannon has been to me. Not just the way she has dealt with the loss of Reese but with everyday of her motherhood. I am so impressed that she would seek to help others instead of trying to help herself. I so appreciate that you guys are wanting to give money to a great cause and I really hope it can be for SIDS research!

    Amy commented on Sep 16 11 at 2:00 am Reply
  • Shannon is such an amazing woman, truly an inspiration. I pray that she wins the Momination in honor of Angel Baby Reese and for the research of SIDS.
    I think about the Becker’s often and their sweet Angel will forever be in my heart.

    Katie Joachim commented on Sep 16 11 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • Words cannot fully describe what an inspiration Shannon is; in the hours and days after Reese’s death she showed more strength than I have ever witnessed in my life. She stood strong for her family and loved ones, and she stood strong for Reese. Determined to make Reese’s short life mean something, Shannon immediately started speading the word about SIDS and about her angelbaby. At the funeral, Shannon stood and spoke about her angel with stregth, love, and conviction. And then spent time with each person in attendance to make sure they were comforted. She continues to be an inspirational mother as she balances getting the word out about SIDS and helping her four year old grow into a confident young man. No one could be more deserving of this award!

    Pam Mastrantonio commented on Sep 16 11 at 4:46 pm Reply
  • When I see babies of similar age, I always think of Shannon and Reese. As a mother, I just can’t imagine what that day would have been like. The amazing thing about Shannon is that she continues to stay positive and fully believes the Lord had a plan for Reese. I look at the struggles of my own daily life and try to wear the same mindset. If Shannon can believe in the Lord’s plan, so can I.

    Laura Bennington commented on Sep 16 11 at 9:08 pm Reply
  • I will never forgot the night I found out Reese had passed away. I couldn’t sleep and cried and cried. All I kept thinking about was Shannon. She is such an amazing person….I have been in complete awe of her strength and goodness in all that has happened to her. She is a friend to so many and a wonderful mother….she so deserves to be a “Mominee”!

    Lea commented on Sep 17 11 at 2:53 am Reply
  • Shannon is an inspiration and a role model in every sense of the word. She exudes class and strength, and made sure every moment of Reese’s short life was spent loving her with her whole being. Since Reese’s passing, she has been a huge SIDS advocate, sharing her story to hundreds, if not thousands. She has suffered an unimaginable loss…and I can say every day I am more in awe of her positive attitude and compassion.

    Jenn Haymes commented on Sep 17 11 at 3:07 am Reply
  • Even when suffering a parent’s worst nightmare, Shannon has exemplified grace and love and compassion. She is truly an inspiration to me and everyone who knows her. I would love to see her win the prize to help further SIDS research. Thank you, Shannon and Little Bit, for teaching us all so much about life and love.

    Mary Beth commented on Sep 17 11 at 2:09 pm Reply
  • I had the priveledge of attending Reese’s funeral. It was one of the most memorable days of my life. It was touching, beautiful and terribly sad. Shannon was a pillar of strength and beauty. When I felt there was nothing to do but cry, she was comforting me, and all those around her. Shannon deserves this momination because she is an adovocate for answers. She is fighting for a cause that is dear to her heart, and hoping she can raise awareness for the others whose families also have suffered a loss due to SIDS. With research and awareness come answers, and then change. I’m so proud to know her. I am forever changed by this beautiful woman and her Little Bit.

    Myah Waldvogel commented on Sep 20 11 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Unbelievable!! I am sitting here a dad of currently a 4 month old and I find myself literally crying my eyes out…. I cant imagine and will never want to… all I have to say is GOD BLESS you!!! The best use my finger has ever made to be able to click the simple LIKE button.

    Eric Sherrill commented on Sep 21 11 at 2:42 am Reply
  • i actually saw that you were being nominated on a SIDS research page on Facebook. I defiantly understand why your being nominated for the most inspirational person. donating $5000 in honor of your daughter, is very generous! I also lost a little girl to SIDS in November 2009. So, I know how hard it can be. The fact that your helping others, and doing what you can is very inspiring. You deserve this reward. Know that a lot of people, your friends, family,and even strangers who know your story are proud of you and think the world of you! Stay strong, and good luck with all you do!

    Ashley commented on Oct 02 11 at 4:59 am Reply

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