Jacqui Saldana is a Pasadena, California mother and blogger. When her first child was born, Jacqui started a business called Baby Boy Bakery where she shared her favorite recipes and blogged about life as a wife and mother, gaining a loyal audience who particularly fell in love with her son's curly red hair and spunky attitude. She would routinely use Ryan as the model for her social media, often showing him off in his stylish clothing and eating her homemade treats.
Tragically, Mrs. Saldana and her husband suffered the unexpected loss of their son Ryan in May of 2014. The then 3-year-old was struck by a truck while playing outside with his cousin, sparking a social media outpour of love directed at the blogger mommy and her family. Once Jacqui and her husband had time to understand and come to terms with the loss of their precious boy, she began to blog and share her journey with grief over losing a child, unknowingly and indirectly helping hundreds of families who were going through a similar situation.
Jacqui's blog gained so much support and notoriety that her story eventually reached Ellen DeGeneres, who brought the distraught mother on her show and voiced her unconditional support towards the family. Today, Jacqui and her husband have been blessed with a baby girl, and the mother of two carries on her business in honor of her son and continues to help others cope with sudden loss.