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Jacob's Story

Pat & Carolyn Heckman were thrilled to be expecting a baby. Their hearts filled with love, hope and dreams for their child.

Then came the devasting news that their son had passed away. Jacob Daniel Heckman was born too early at 19 weeks gestation.

Faith and the support of friends and family helped Pat and Carolyn find meaning in Jacob’s brief life. He is missed and loved by his parents and siblings.

Pat & Carolyn Heckman founded Jacob’s Ladder Foundation in Jacob’s memory. Their hope is that Jacob’s passing will provide an opportunity to serve the community of Portland by helping families heal from the death of their children and by establishing and maintaining a communal place of burial.