Our Story 

Emma’s Footprints was founded in memory of Emma Kathryn Dailey, who was born into Heaven. Since 2013, Emma’s has been walking with pregnancy and infant loss families in their grief journeys, providing care and support as they travel down this difficult and often lonely path. Emma’s ensures that no family has to walk alone.

 

 

the dailey’s story

Eight months pregnant with her second child, Tracy Dailey had an uneasy feeling. She contacted her doctor who advised her to go to the hospital. There, during a sonogram, she received the horrible news … ”There is no heartbeat.” Emma Kathryn Dailey was born into heaven May 30, 2007. While she and her husband, Bryan, are now blessed with three beautiful healthy boys, Emma is missed every day.

 

In memory of her daughter, Tracy co-founded Emma’s Footprints in 2013 with her dear friend Kristen Banocy. Over the past five years, the Edinboro, Pa.-based 501c3 organization has supported more than 500 grieving families by providing emotional support, compassionate guidance, financial assistance for burial, cremation, counseling, and memorialization, and personalized maternal and family care.

 

The Dailey’s story is all too common in our community and around the world—one in four pregnancies ends in loss. For some families like the Daileys, the loss of a child is medically unexplained and heart-piercing. For other families, the medical reasons for the loss of a child are understood, but no less traumatic. Emma’s has quickly grown to a 50-member-strong community of dedicated volunteer parents, family members, and friends who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss—each one of whom has healed from the trauma of loss better and faster thanks to the support of a friend, caregiver, or mentor who has “been there.”

Our History

We would like to thank every single board member, volunteer, and donor that has been part of Emma’s story. Our community has dedicated countless hours, thousands of dollars and more prayers than we can count to support our mission. We could not do this without YOU!  

APRIL 2011

March for babies

In April of 2011, The Dailey family walks in their first March for Babies in honor of Emma. Thanks to the creativity of many friends and family, the family decides to walk under the team name, Emma’s Footprints. 

MAY 2013

Emma’s the nonprofit

In May of 2013, Tracy Dailey feels the tug on her heart to “dive into the trenches” with grieving families and the concept of Emma’s Footprints the nonprofit is born. 

JAN 2017

Support Group

In January of 2017, Emma’s Footprints partners with Pamela Presler (LCSW) to develop Emma’s “You Are With Me” peer support group for bereaved parents.

MAY 2018

5 Years!  

Emma’s Footprints celebrates 5 years of supporting families! The work is hard. But, we are committed to walking with families on the long, hard road to find help, hope and healing after loss.