(HE) ONLY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS — A MOTHERS’ BOND.

LAST FALL WE LOST 17- YEAR-OLD MADDIE POTTS OF RICHMOND.

AND 16- YEAR-OLD GIANNA CIRELLA OF WARWICK.

(MM) WHILE THEY SHARED SO MUCH IN COMMON — THE TWO SOCCER PLAYERS NEVER MET.

THEIR MOMS — THOUGH — ARE FOREVER BONDED BY SOMETHING—– NO PARENT WANTS TO SHARE.
TURN THEIR UNIMAGINABLE LOSS INTO SOMETHING POSITIVE.
KEEPING THEIR DAUGHTERS’ MEMORIES ALIVE BY HELPING OTHERS. steph 07:24 she kind of led by example. 07:30 NUMBER 12 — THE GOALIE. Tara 01:52 She was just amazingly, from deep within.

A strong strong person 2:00 FOR MADDIE — IT WAS AN ANEURYSM ON THE. 43:47 Laying with your daughter when you still have your stethoscope and work badge on when she takes her very last breath” 43:53 FOR GIANNA — SEPSIS. 04:57 She wheeled off that ambulance and she was horrified but she took my hand.

WHEN THEY LOST THEIR DAUGHTERS — THESE MOMS FOUND EACH OTHER. when I found out that Gianna died.

My own little hell and I somehow thought ‘well.

What would Maddie do?’ and Maddie would tell me.you need to call that mom, you need. SINCE THEN — STEPHANIE POTTS AND TARA CIRELLA HAVE BEEN EACH OTHER’S SOURCE OF STRENGTH. THEIR GIRLS NEVER KNEW EACH OTHER IN LIFE.BUT STEPHANIE AND TARA BELIEVE MADDIE AND GIANNA ARE FRIENDS NOW AND FOREVER. Tara: I think they may have been soul sisters.

Yea the similarities are crazy THE SOCCER STARS WERE BOTH WERE PROUD BIG SISTERS. look how pretty! BOTH MOTHERS SAY THEIR GIRLS ARE CONSTANTLY SENDING THEM SIGNS THAT THEY’RE WATCHING — That’s Maddie and Gianna right there. LIKE THIS MOMENT — RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF. I SAT DOWN WITH STEPHANIE AND TARA ON A WARWICK SOCCER FIELD THAT BOTH OF THEIR DAUGHTERS PLAYED ON. Shannon – What goes through your mind that it’s been a year. How do you plan to get through that date? Tara:.

I’m gonna pick her up off the floor and when I go. Steph It’s the little things that get you. It’s the things you don’t expect that bottom you out. Tara: It doesn’t matter that it’s been a year. TURNING THEIR GRIEF INTO ACTION — TARA FORMED THE GIANNA CIRELLA MEMORIAL FUND – TO RAISE MONEY FOR SEPSIS RESEARCH. STEPHANIE FORMED THE MADDIE POTTS FOUNDATION – TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND CARRY ON MADDIE’S LEGACY. they both very much laid the foundation for us to build on of kindness, compassion, perserverance, hard work (MM) AND SHANNON THIS STORY.

HAD A PERSONAL CONNECTION FOR YOU AS WELL. (HE) YES AS MANY OF YOU KNOW — MY FAMILY SPENT 9 WEEKS IN THE HOSPITAL LAST FALL WHEN MY SON GOT SICK — AND BOTH.

MADDIE AND GIANNA ENDED UP IN THE I-C-U AT THE SAME WE WERE THERE — IN FACT, GIANNA WAS JUST TWO DOORS DOWN FROM US. WE WERE BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO WALK OUT OF THAT HOSPITAL WITH OUR SON, HEALTHY — BUT HEARTBROKEN TO LEARN OF BOTH GIRLS’ DEATHS. (MM) YOU CAN FIND LINKS TO THE MADDIE POTTS FOUNDATION AND GIANNA CIRELLA FUND ON OUR WEBSITE — WPRI-DOT- COM. AT FIVE O’CLOCK WE BROUGHT YOU.

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