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Strongsville family loses son at birth, turns tragedy into non-profit for other suffering families

Posted at 10:22 AM, May 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-19 10:22:19-04

The entire family was getting ready for a new addition when tragedy struck.

"I was 36 weeks pregnant and I was at work one day and realized that I had felt a little bit of lack of movement," said Sarah Longfield. "So I monitored it for a little while and eventually went to the emergency room."

Shortly after getting there, Sarah and Chad Longfield got the worse news they could imagine.

"They told us that he had passed away," Sarah said while holding back tears. "They started the labor and delivery process and he was born the next day and he was 5 pounds, 11 ounces."

They stayed with little Caleb for several hours, then it was time to say goodbye and continue their lives without him. Luckily, they had an entire community to fall back on.

"While we were walking into the most dark hour we had ever experienced, there were people there shining lights, ready to support us in a way that we had no idea was coming," Sarah said.

A couple years passed and they had another son, but still wanted to find some way to honor Caleb. Together they thought of the perfect plan

"When a family experiences a stillborn, those bills still come and it is like salt in an open wound, it feels unfair," Sarah said.

Sarah and Chad started a non-profit called the Caleb Andrew Longfield Foundation which they just launched. They'll pay the hospital bills of families whose little ones are stillborn.

"It's going to help ease the burden because there's a lot of pain, there's a lot of stress, there's a lot of other things to worry about," Chad said.

"It's not a matter of whether or not a family can pay, it's a matter of the fact that we don't think they should have to and we want to help do that," added Sarah.

So Caleb's name lives on in the hearts of his parents, brothers and now all the new families he'll help.

"To have a foundation that's named after him is selfishly a way to get people to say his name to us, and for us to be able to say his name," Sarah said. "And remind the world that he existed."