The Story of the TEARS Foundation

The TEARS Foundation was founded in 2002 by Sarah Slack after experiencing the stillbirth of her son, Jesse Curtis Slack, on November 14, 2000. Sarah decided to turn her tragedy into an opportunity to reach out to other families who have lost a baby and make a positive impact in her community.

Since its inception, The TEARS Foundation has served thousands of families in need with both financial and emotional support services. The vision for The TEARS Foundation is to meet a national need and provide its program across the United States, by providing compassionate support to families who have lost a child with financial assistance to help lift the financial burden of paying for funeral services, and offering comprehensive, ongoing bereavement care for bereaved families.

Click here to learn more about the services we provide bereaved families

If you are interested in getting involved with The TEARS Foundation in your community, visit your local chapter’s page.

TEARS Foundation Recognition/Awards:
Award for Innovation in Service; Non-Profit Excellence Awards
Pay It Forward Award, 1st Place; by Principal Global Financial


Founder/Executive Director:  Sarah Slack
Woman Making a Difference in Washington: by Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Mariners
Hometown Hero: Kiro Radio, Ron & Don Show
Woman of Influence Nomination: Business Examiner
Top 5 Woman of the Year: Seattle’s Evening Magazine, Best of Western Washington
Honorary Community Hero: Safeco Insurance
People Magazine “Heros Among Us” 2009 Finalist
Community Heroes: Good Morning America/Royal Carribean Cruise Lines
Brotherton Community Champion: Komo 4 News, Brotherton Cadillac
Director of Finance & Operations:  Miriam Krause, MAcc
Staff Social Worker: Shelley Castro-Estrada, BSW

Board Of Directors

President:  Tony Munoz
Vice/President & Legal Counsel:  Darren Krattli
General Directors:  Kara Slater
Past President:  Tina DeFalco

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