Jared and Adrianne Neville always knew they wanted a big family, as they had grown up within a large and loving clan of parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Like so many young couples today, they struggled with infertility. Through constant prayer and significant medical intervention, they were thrilled to grow their family with sons Mackin and Rhett, and daughter Maryn. Then they learned they were expecting a fourth with no infertility assistance...their miracle baby.
Eden Elizabeth was born November 9, 2013 in Belleville, Illinois. The family was just settling in at home when they noticed Eden was running a very high fever. She was rushed to the hospital and eventually diagnosed with meningitis. Though she bravely fought the infection and was supported by some of the best medical professional technology available, she completed her journey into God's loving arms on December 6, 2013. (Learn more about Eden's journey and treatments.)
Eden always had family by her side, holding her hand, reading or saying a prayer. Edy's family still believes in miracles and they vow to help miracles happen to others in need through Eden’s legacy.
Now, her army does good works in her name.
Eden's Army is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to help families at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Our mission is to support to families whose children are in the care of the CICU at the hospital. We want these families to have access to the support and technology that sustained Eden during her journey. Together, in Eden's name, we can help make miracles happen.
To date, Eden's Army has donated more than $285,000 to the heart center.
two more rocker recliners for rooms
visitor seating including 38 chairs and wall storage to make more seating in patient rooms for extended family visits
creation of the Beads of Courage (BOC) Sibling program
creation of the BOC BEad Mindful program for health care providers on the front lines taking care of families and patients at their scariest times
Annual Heart Remembrance Celebration and BOC Strand for Strength & Remembrance Program, with a special butterfly bead.