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Doug and Rachel Ellis

Doug Ellis '00 and his wife, Rachel, suffered a tragedy last year. Their baby daughter, River, died when she was just a few days old, the result of a complication during the birthing process.

Through their sadness, the couple has started a nonprofit organization, the River Ellis Foundation, which assists Hampton Roads residents who face unexpected hardship.

“We hope to give a sunrise to those who are in their darkest hour," Doug Ellis said in a recent article for The Virginian-Pilot's Virginia Beach Beacon. 

To learn more about the Ellis family and the River Ellis Foundation, including how to help, read the Pilot article and visit  

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