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The Tara Ann Ralph Foundation

  • P.O. Box 2044
  • Lehigh Valley, PA 18002-0444

In 1974 Tara Ann Ralph was born. Initially, she appeared to be a healthy baby girl. However almost immediately after arriving home, Tara began exhibiting symptoms relating to acute gastrointestinal illness. She could not eat and was losing weight quickly. The doctors did not recognize the cause and were not able to provide effective treatment.

Tara lost her brief battle with Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) seven days after her birth.

A year later, the Ralphs' had a second daughter. Soon after she was born, she experienced symptoms similar to Tara. Over the next year, their newborn daughter received extensive medical care at Babies Hospital in New York where she stayed for the first few months of her life.

During this trying time, it was the help of family, friends and neighbors that proved to be the greatest gift. Help came in many forms; whether it was the pharmacist providing special formula at cost or a friend preparing a dinner. Many people were willing to help in any way they could.

"A simple act of kindness truly makes an enormous difference in your life. It is a feeling of hope that enters your heart just knowing that someone cares. The benevolence that my family and I received is what I want to give to other families who are experiencing what we went through so long ago." says Diane, Tara's mother.

Today, the Tara Ann Ralph Foundation, started and operated by Diane Ralph, is dedicated to being able to provide financial assistance to those families that are experiencing the financial hardships of having a child in need of continued medical care, regardless of the disease.

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