Rays of Hope
Welcome to our Team Fundrasing Page for "Rays of Hope". We are running in memory of Hope Marie. Hope was at the first Butterfly Run in 2016 growing in her mom's belly. Last year we ran-walked in Hope's memory and are back again this year.
This event is very important in raising awareness of Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) and encouraging conversations around it. After losing Hope, I (Nicole) learned how misunderstood PAIL is and how isolating it can be for families dealing with this grief. Thanks to the awareness from last year`s Butterfly Run I knew where to turn for support when we most needed it.
The funds raised support families facing pregnancy and infant loss. An example is the Butterfly Kits that are now available in the emergency departments (for early losses) and the maternity ward (for late losses). We received the very first Butterfly Kit and it helped us to create memories and keepsakes in the short time we had with Hope. One of our favourite items from the kit was a small stuffed bunny which snuggled up with Hope when she was born and later provided me comfort when I returned home without Hope. McKinley now plays with `Hope`s Bunny`and he understands how special she is.
Funds are also used for training in the emergency departments (for early losses) and the maternity ward (for late losses). This training is invaluable because families experiencing a loss need specialized support and deserve a positive experience. With the birth of a healthy child, if things don`t go well at the hospital, you still have a lifetime to create memories. When you lose your baby, the only time & memories you have with them are from the hospital. The Butterfly Run organizers keep inviting me to speak at the maternity ward training sessions, and as emotionial as it is for me, I can`t hep but to keep doing it!
We can`t thank you enough for your support!
- Nicole (Team Captain)
Thank you for choosing to support our fundraising efforts for the 2017 Butterfly Run!
Money raised from the 2017 run will go directly to the Quinte 7 Maternal Child Department and Emergency Departments at QHC. Money from registration fees, donations and sponsorships are all used to provide bereavement support in our community.
Through your contributions, you will
- Help create bereavement support items that are hand delivered to patients at all four QHC sites
- Allow for QHC employees to recieve Pregnancy and Infant Loss Training
- Help BGH purchase vital equipment to be used in neonatal care
Thank you for standing with parents and families who have to face the devestating reality of losing a pregancy or infant. Together we will ensure our community has the support necessary to ensure they recieve the support and care they desperately need.