Parents in Suffolk form support group and encourage parents to immunize their children
SUFFOLK, Virginia – A family in Suffolk has created a support group to help other families who have lost a child to COVID-19.
Nicole and Jeff Sperry created Our missing stars recognize any other children who have died from the disease. Their only daughter, Teresa, died in September of complications from COVID-19. She was 10 years old.
Teresa died about a month before the release of the COVID vaccine for her age group. The Sperrys have said their daughter is in good health and are now urging other parents to honor their daughter by getting the shot.
Teresa’s parents have now made it their mission to connect with other families across the country who have also lost a child to the devastating illness.
“She is our missing star,” said Nicole Sperry, Teresa’s mother. “All these other families who lost their children, they miss their stars as much as we do. “
Their support group Our missing stars pays tribute to their baby girl while highlighting the importance of getting vaccinated.
“He takes who he wants, when he wants,” Nicole Sperry said. “We just want everyone to be safe. We don’t have anyone else to go through what we’ve been through.
With the help of the Glaser Progress Foundation, the Sperrys made a Message of public interest in the hope that Teresa’s death may save lives.
The public service announcement is posted on the Our Missing Stars Facebook page. In the video, Teresa’s parents share their memories of their daughter while encouraging others to get vaccinated.
“Teresa was my princess,” said Teresa’s father, Jeff Sperry. “Therese was strong. She was in good health. She was happy. COVID took her within five days. I don’t want other people to feel this way.
Nicole Sperry added, “Teresa loved roller skating. She loved to dance, sing, draw, play in the rain.
As the Sperry family celebrate their first Christmas without Teresa, which is their favorite holiday, they do what they can to keep her memory alive – from watching the sunsets to wearing a Mikey Mouse sweatshirt that she gave her mother as a present last Christmas.
“There are just memories all over the place and I love them, but it really hurts,” said Nicole Sperry.
Jeff Sperry said, “It was one of his favorite things to do and watch the sunset.”
Through their efforts, they say they are helping to protect the rest of their children and others, so that no one else loses their missing star.
“It doesn’t go away; I still think about her every day, ”said Jeff Sperry. “I still think about her every day and I don’t want this for anyone else. It’s terrible. “
The Sperrys are working to create a nonprofit organization to continue honoring Teresa and spreading awareness of COVID and the shooting.
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