Rebecca Bell had the perfect pregnancy but something went unexpectedly wrong during her baby son Paxton’s birth.
“During labour, something happened that prevented the umbilical cord from delivering oxygen and blood to Paxton. The situation was prolonged enough that our precious newborn son suffered an acute, severe brain event. There was no part of him that was not impacted,” said Rebecca Bell.
On the day of Paxton Michael Bell’s birth, October 13, 2012, his tiny body immediately experienced difficulty breathing and other serious problems. He was quickly moved by the emergency Infant Transport Team to BC Women's Hospital in Vancouver . For two days, BC Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (ICU) specialists cared for Paxton around the clock, providing him with the most advanced treatment available.
"In the end they came to us with the most terrifying news I have ever received in my life, ''father Zach Bell said. "Our perfect boy who had grown just the way he should have during the nine months of pregnancy had everything robbed of him.''
The Newborn ICU specialists told Bell and his wife that Paxton was unlikely to survive. Facing a decision no parents should ever be forced to make, the couple made the choice to take Paxton off life support to see if he had the ability to survive on his own.
"After a fight that seemed to last an eternity, it was obvious he could not survive. Paxton passed quietly cradled in his mother's arms. The perfect picture of an infant that never had the chance to show his true colours,” said Zach. "Even though our lives together were so short, Rebecca and I loved him and will continue to love him with all our hearts.''
An Annual Campaign of Hope
As a legacy to honor the memory of Paxton and all families who have experienced hope and loss of loved ones, Rebecca and Zach Bell are creating an annual event to support BC Women’s Hospital’s Newborn ICU.
The annual Paxton’s Lights of Hope campaign will create a positive point of engagement for families who have been through a Newborn ICU or other challenging experience around the health of a loved one.
Funds will be raised primarily through the sale of Limited Edition Paxton's Lights of Hope Candles from this website. These pure soy candles are made by Granville Island Candle Company just for the Campaign and each candle will burn for 50+ hours. Please purchase a candle and light it memory of all those children who received assistance from BC Women's Hospital and especially those who passed from this world without the opportunity to grow old, make friends, and enjoy life.
Proceeds from the sale of these candles will be forwarded with your donations directly to the Foundation to support critical equipment needs. Donations will be issued official tax receipts by the Foundation in accordance with their policies. No transaction fees or other charges will be deducted from your donation amount.
Each candle costs $15.00 + $5.95 for shipping. Tax is calculated during the checkout process depending on your destination province. Average retail price of these candles would be around $19.95. All orders ship by Canada Post or Canpar and we guarantee delivery. In the very unlikely event that your candle arrives damaged, or goes missing please contact us and we will replace it at no cost.
Ordering your candle is an easy 3 step process! First, complete the form below and click the “Proceed” button. Next you will be taken to a page to confirm the information you entered. After you have confirmed the information, you will be taken to our Secure Payment System. Payment can be made with Visa, MasterCard, and Interac Online. After you have completed your payment, you will be directed to a printable receipt and confirmation page.
Who We Are
In 2008 Zach competed at his first Olympic Games as one of two athletes from the Yukon. They are the Yukon’s first summer Olympians. He was a competitive wrestler in high school but switched to cycling in university at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. He received a 7th place finish at the 2008 Summer Olympics and an 8th place finish at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Rebecca and Zach Bell
Granville Island Candle Company
Granville Island Candle Company is a maker of fine soy candles located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. We are a community oriented and earth friendly company that is pleased to partner with the BC Women's Hospital Foundation and Zach Bell to support Newborn Intensive Care in British Columbia.