The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 20, 2009

RGH’s Walk to Remember slated next month

Each year, 870,000 babies die through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth and newborn death.

In memory of those infants and children who have been lost, Raleigh General Hospital will host its 11th annual Walk to Remember on Oct. 3.

“Parents, family members and friends will be given the opportunity to walk and share their experiences,” Kathy Ball, chairperson of the bereavement committee, said. “The whole family loses the baby, not just the mother. So this walk is for anyone who has felt the effects of a miscarriage, perinatal birth demise or any loss of a baby soon after birth.”

The event will begin at noon with a welcome from Shauna Boggs, followed by invocation by the Rev. Adeeb Khalil.

“Khalil has prayer, but also talks about how his mother lost a baby that he didn’t know about until his 50s,” Ball continued, “and how she still mourns.”

According to Kathy Bailey, education instructor and lactation consultant at RGH, President Ronald Reagan named October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and the Walk to Remember has been designated as the first Saturday in October all over the country.

“The October Walk to Remember is an opportunity to pause and remember the infants and children whose short lives touched the lives of their families and friends,” Bailey said. “It’s a time of sharing joyful memories and a time of honoring those lost.”

At 12:30 p.m., parents, friends, families and professionals will make the procession to the memory garden.

“Anyone who is remembering an infant or child can write their name and anything else they want on a beautiful cloth butterfly,” Bailey continued. “As Janet McNeal reads the poem ‘A Walk to Remember,’ they can attach their butterflies to the tree in the memory garden. A white balloon will be released for each infant or child, along with two white doves.”

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