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Gina Harris, MNM, BA,

Cheryl Haggard, Co-Founder of NILMDTS

  • Country: USA

Gina has been the CEO at NILMDTS since October 2011. Gina has extensive expertise in nonprofits and has personally been touched by the services of NILMDTS. In 2007, Gina and her husband lost their first son David du to Potter’s Syndrome.  Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep captured images of David. Not even a year later, the Harris’ lost their second son, Ethan from another condition called hydrops and cystic hygromas. Because his condition was so severe and the shock they were in, the couple did not get pictures of him. Gina understands from firsthand experience the significance NILMDTS images have on the healing process. Gina spent 12 years at a national youth-serving nonprofit and was the executive director for five of those years. Gina is a sought after national speaker and is a published author. She has been featured in major media including CNN, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Extra, NBC, People Magazine, and dozens of local newspapers and radio shows. Gina has a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and a bachelor of arts in television news and video communications.


Cheryl Haggard is the founding parent of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. She is a stay at home wife to Michael and the mother of Chase, Anna, Natalie and baby Maddux. NILMDTS was formed after the birth of her fourth child Maddux Achilles Haggard, who was born with the rare condition called Myotubular Myopathy. Cheryl is extremely active in all her children’s activities. She enjoys the thrill of life, and has participated in events such as skydiving. She also knows the value of life and donated a kidney to a friend in 2007. Cheryl enjoys photography, hiking, boating, sunny days, thunderstorms, Texas hold ‘em poker, Colorado microbreweries, her two dogs and three cats, as well as everything about Tim Tebow. She and her family currently reside in the foothills of Denver, Colorado. Cheryl believes that the pain of losing a child never gets easier, and that you just become a stronger person to carry that pain throughout your life.

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