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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 riverellisfoundation.org.  

Doug Ellis '00 and his wife Rachel started The River Ellis Foundation.

Doug Ellis '00 and his wife Rachel started The River Ellis Foundation to help those in Hampton Roads who have encountered unexpected hardship. (Photo courtesy news article from The Virginian-Pilot)

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