October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Prevention Month. This year HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital continues a tradition started in 2016, the Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope. This event commemorates the lives of babies lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death.

The 2017 Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope will be held Saturday, October 14 at 9 a.m. beginning at Nelson Park Pavilion #2. This walk along the lake shore will include a memorial service to remember each child and celebrate each life, no matter how long or short. The event will end with refreshments at Nelson Park Pavilion #2.

“As we gather together to walk, we keep memories alive and offer support to one another. Whether the loss is recent, or occurred several years ago, we encourage parents and loved ones to come and walk the steps our babies will never take,” said Karla Thornton, spiritual care minister at St. Mary’s.

The registration fee is $10 per household and t-shirts are $15 each. To allow time for the entire list of babies’ names to be printed in the memorial program and guarantee a t-shirt, registration forms must be returned by September 15.

There are two ways to register:

  • Visit stmarysdecatur.com/sharewalk. Sign-up forms are available for print and mailed to St. Mary’s Foundation.

  • Stop by the spiritual care office at St. Mary’s to pick up and fill out a brochure.

Only those signed up by September 15 are guaranteed a Share Walk t-shirt and their baby’s name in the program.

For any additional information, call the St. Mary’s spiritual care office at 217-464-2045.

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Andrew Dilbeck


HSHS Illinois
Office: 217-464-5610
Andrew.Dilbeck@hshs.org

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