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


  1. I believe you guys helpred me in 2003, with the cremation of my daughter who died. I wanted to say thank you.

    1. HI Kerrie,
      I am so glad that we were able to be there for you. We welcome you to participate at our events in honor of your daughter, if you would like. We have grown and developed many of our programs since 2003. May this holiday season be gentle on you and your family.
      Warm regards,

  2. Hello,
    I heard about your organization when the angel of hope monument was placed in Hyannis MA last month. My little granddaughter Penelope Joy has a marker in our local cemetery. I can only imagine the anguish a bereaved parent must feel when they have nowhere to go to remember and pray for their little angel. I just sent a donation through PayPal in memory of Penelope on her fifth birthday.
    Best wishes and God bless your mission.

    1. Hi Margaret,
      I am so sorry for the loss of your precious granddaughter, Penelope. Thank you so much for your support. May this holiday season be as gentle as possible for you and your family.
      Warm regards,

    2. Peggy,
      Thank you so much for your donation. I am so sorry for the loss of your granddaughter. I hope you are able to go and see the monument in Hyannis, it is very beautiful.
      Warm regards,

  3. I do not find a street address for your organization. Is the only way to donate on-line?

    1. Vera,
      Our street address is The TEARS Foundation, 11102 Sunrise Blvd E, Suite 112, Puyallup WA 98374

      Thank you,

  4. I am a labor and delivery nurse and am interested in starting a chapter in our community. Can I please get more information sent to me.

    1. Hi Angie,
      I apologize for the delay in getting information to you. We will open up for new chapter leaders in April. If you could send your request for information to, we will send you the application and FAQ about becoming a state chapter leader.
      Warm regards,

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