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Our Mission

Emma’s Footprints, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded to support families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. Our goal is to provide compassionate guidance, resources and personalized services, including referrals and financial assistance as families begin this difficult journey.

Our 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 with her dear friend Kristen Banocy. The Erie, Pa.-based 501c3 organization has supported dozens of grieving families by providing emotional support, compassionate guidance, and personalized services.

Emma's story is all too common in our community and around the world. Families deal with pregnancy and infant loss every day. 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 painful. Emma’s Footprints mission is to surround these families with love and support. We understand that every family is different and the need will vary based on the situation.  Visit the Services Page to see how we can help.