Friends of Hurricane City family hold adoption fundraiser after tragic loss

The Marshall Family, Miriam, Jared and Jack, visit the grave of baby Kona, who only lived three hours, at the Hurricane City Cemetery to decorate it for Halloween, Hurricane, Utah, Oct. 9, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Miriam Marshall, St. George News


HURRICANE — Friends of a Hurricane family are holding a yard sale Saturday to raise money for an adoption that would be a much-needed miracle for the family following a tragic loss.

Miriam and Jared Marshall need money to adopt a child. Friends of the Marshalls are holding a fundraiser on the lawn of the Hurricane Community Center Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help them; more details below.

The loss the Marshalls suffered came Aug. 2 when their second son, Kona, was born with congenital heart defects and lived only three hours.

Losing Kona was difficult, but getting pregnant with him had also been difficult. Miriam Marshall had to undergo open-heart surgery to replace a valve and receive an aortic graft before she could get pregnant with him – a pregnancy doctors approved but told her would be high-risk.

The Marshalls’ first-born son, Jack, had troubles as a baby also. Although he is fine today and will turn 5 in January, Miriam Marshall – also a nurse in Dixie Regional Medical Center’s endoscopy unit – said Jack was in and out of the hospital as a baby due to chronic vomiting and a tube in his stomach.

The joy she felt from being Jack’s mother made her not flinch, she said, when it came to getting pregnant with Kona, despite the risks.

Now, doctors have strongly advised Miriam Marshall to not get pregnant again.

Miriam Marshall wishes over and over that she could relive the moment of holding her baby boy in her arms, she wrote in a recent post to her Facebook page. She calls herself and her family “survivors.”

“We fight to find joy in life,” she said in another Facebook post. “We fight everyday to move forward with faith.

She feels incredibly blessed by the opportunity to adopt that has arisen for the family, Miriam Marshall said, and is overwhelmed by the love and generosity the community has shown her and her family by helping raise funds to help that they are unable to provide themselves.

How people can help

Those interested in donating items for Saturday’s yard sale may call 801-319-5244 or 435-256-2858.

Those who cannot attend but would like to donate money can do so via a PayPal account set up for the Marshalls’ benefit.

Saturday’s fundraiser will include a yard sale, a bake sale, a craft sale, a Polynesian lunch including pork, chop suey, teriyaki chicken and more available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It will also include a raffle, with the grand prize being a stay at Jacob Lake Inn near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

For more information about the fundraiser, please visit the fundraiser’s Facebook page.


Ed. note: St. George News has not verified information provided in connection with fundraising accounts mentioned in this article and does not assure that monies deposited to the accounts will be applied as described. Those considering contributions are advised to consult with their own professionals for tax advice and investment risks.


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  • Bob October 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    The Lord may have intended for them to have only 1 child. There is a time to be grateful for what u have.

  • Bob October 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    also, maybe look into adopting from the foster system

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