Tucker Jolly was very excited for the arrival of his little brother. When Ryan Michael Jolly was born, he welcomed him to the family with all his heart. Unluckily, five days after, Ryan died. He died from HIE or Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephlepathy. It is a result of not having enough oxygen in the brain.
Ashley Hammac, the mother of the two boys, still wanted her older son to continue playing with him. So, she decided to add a sandbox to the grave site of her newborn. Now, Tucker can still share his toys with his little brother and keep his promise.
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Hammac explained the ornamented grave site at the Falling Creek Cemetery, “Just so that Tucker could have a place to come out and still play with his brother. Cause he was excited the whole time I was pregnant, about getting to be able to play with his brother and said he was going to share his trucks with him. So, when this happened, we wanted a spot where he could be included too”.
“It is like another park for him,” Hammac added. She also said Tucker loves to visit the place that he goes there without asking her permission.
As he leaned his head against the grave of his brother, he said, “I am your big brother, me.
After Hammac shared the photos of her boys on Facebook, it surprisingly amassed over 220,000 shares. People Magazine immediately published their story in their latest edition.
Hammac told the publication, “I wasn’t even expecting to share it with the world, like I said I shared it with my family. And then it blew up, I was amazed. But I am happy that it did because now, I can get the word out to your charity, which is Pages to Memories”.
She now hopes her story will inspire people to contribute in her cause for raising money for HIE research. Also, she hopes to give books to the University of Florida Health Hospital to support other parents, who might have suffered the loss of a child.
“I wanted to help. I wanted other people, because I know it wasn’t just me, to have someone to talk to, to have a place they could depend on. And I wanted to feel like Ryan was helping still, because in those five days, he changed our family so much,” Hammac explained her cause.