Green Bay – A Walk to Remember, a pregnancy and infant loss awareness walk hosted by Share of Northeast Wisconsin, will take place 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.
The annual event helps to raise awareness of perinatal loss and to honor babies who have gone too soon. The memorial walk is 1-2 miles and can be taken at participants’ own pace. The event will also feature a short program, bubble release, prayer corner and a special memorial area for babies lost to SIDS. A Walk to Remember is held each year in October to recognize National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
“Across the country, families symbolically join together in events to raise awareness of the impact of the loss of a baby,” said Theresa Shuck, certified bereavement coordinator for Share of Northeast Wisconsin at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. “It is important to educate others to provide appropriate sensitivity and understanding to ensure families receive the support they deserve after the tragic loss of their baby. A Walk to Remember also provides an opportunity to gather to remember and honor the babies who have touched our lives and our hearts but are no longer with us. We will walk together as a community for the steps our babies will never take.”
A Walk to Remember
Registration is required for A Walk to Remember and is $12 per person age 18 and over and free of charge for those age 17 and under. Memorial t-shirts are also available for purchase at $15 each and can be ordered online at time of registration, then picked up on site the day of the walk. Orders must be placed prior to Sept. 15 to guarantee sizes. After expenses, money raised from A Walk to Remember will benefit Share of Northeast Wisconsin, which provides a variety of services at no cost to local families who have suffered pregnancy and infant loss. Services include memorial services, photography, mementos, support group meetings, literature and more.
About Share of Northeast Wisconsin
Part of the national support group, Share, Share of Northeast Wisconsin serves as a resource for families who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, early infant death or SIDS, regardless of where their loss took place. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay serves as the host site for Share of Northeast Wisconsin and also provides Share of Northeast Wisconsin services to its sister hospitals, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. Share of Northeast Wisconsin also offers an online support community on their Facebook page.