Jentzen to the Rescue blessing families in the Huntsville Regional NICU

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Sometimes real superheroes live in the hearts of small babies fighting big battles. There's an incredible story behind that statement.

Superheroes come in many forms. On August 15, 2014, the world welcomed a tiny, but mighty force.

"We couldn`t be more proud to be his parents," says Lauren Risner.

Jentzen Caleb Risner spent his short time on earth in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children (NICU). When he passed away, his parents, Andrew and Lauren Risner of Florence, were devastated.

"We were here three and a half days, but a day in the NICU feels like an eternity," describes Risner. "The walls just kind of surround you."

The walls have a heavy history.

"These walls have heard so many prayers and that`s so true," says Risner.

In those quiet moments of grief, a greater purpose emerged.

"For the first days I was here, talking to him and singing to him, one of the things I told him was that he was going to do big things for Jesus," explains Risner. "He's done that."

Jentzen to the Rescue swooped in to save hurting families in the NICU in December 2014. The Risners sold t-shirts and raised money to create gift baskets. They personally deliver the baskets.

"It's really been a blessing to be able to bless other people and show them God's love," says Risner. "To be able to come from something that's just so difficult and make something beautiful out of it, it can only come from the Lord."

Jentzen Risner's impact is reaching many, including Kaitlin Corrigan, who asked WHNT NEWS 19 to pay it forward. We gladly obliged with $319.

"Thank you," responded Risner. "That's so sweet!"

Kaitlin and Joseph Corrigan lost a baby boy too, Payson, in June of 2013. Knowing full well the emotional toll, the women joined together to lighten the load for others. Their next big effort is a special delivery to the NICU on Valentine's Day.

"We're going to do two bags of candy for every bag," describes Corrigan.

The bags also include popcorn, s'mores, and inspiration.

"A little fortune cookie has a bible verse inside," says Corrigan. "Ones that we love and use personally."

These women are turning the personal and painful experience of losing a child into a legacy of healing and hope.

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