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Local family turns tragedy into triumph

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A local family is trying to make a positive out of a huge loss just weeks after the sudden death of their child.

That little boy, Nash, passed away at just five months old. His parents are hoping his memory can live on in acts of kindness.

Todd Schupbach and his wife Shelly had a hard time getting pregnant. Just as they were about to give up, Shelly became pregnant and a beautiful baby boy named Nash was born.

But then that sudden tragedy turned their lives upside down.

Shelly Schupbach smiles at the little fights she had with her husband about putting up the saying "Owl Always Love You" in her baby Nash's nursery. They were little fights of a once happier time.

"Now it has a totally different meaning when I see it," Shelly says.

Because now, it sits above a crib where he baby Nash once slept. Just weeks ago, Nash stopped breathing in his sleep and was rushed to the hospital.

Nurses had been giving Nash CPR for over an hour and didn't want to stop until Shelly told them it was okay. She finally did.

"As a mother, you just want to hold him, and rock him, and tell him it's going to be okay," says Schupbach. "It was the hardest day of my life."

And the days that followed weren't getting any easier for Shelly and Todd. Shelly began writing a blog about her heartache. Then just one day ago, on Nash's six month birthday, an idea to spread acts of kindness in honor Nash brought Shelly back to life.

She took the smile of the little boy she holds close to heart to the internet and the idea took off. Pictures began moving across the television screen from across the U.S. to Spain. Thousands around the world were "Having a Nash Day."

Shelly created the Facebook page just a day ago called "When Nash Smiled." In just one day alone, more than 5,000 people have posted on it.

She says it makes her heart smile reading what people are doing in honor of Nash.

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