Walk to Remember set for Saturday

The sixth annual Walk to Remember event takes place Saturday at Manistee Catholic Central in Manistee. It will feature a walk, speakers and a candlelight vigil in honor of infants lost to stillborn births, miscarriages or early infant death. (File Photo)

The sixth annual Walk to Remember event takes place Saturday at Manistee Catholic Central in Manistee. It will feature a walk, speakers and a candlelight vigil in honor of infants lost to stillborn births, miscarriages or early infant death. (File Photo)

MANISTEE — The sixth annual Walk to Remember event, which honors infants lost due to stillbirth, miscarriage or early infant death, takes place Saturday.

Registration for the free event is from 12:30-1 p.m., with the walk to follow at 1 p.m. and concluding with a candle lighting and name reading, all taking place at Manistee Catholic Central (MCC) at 1200 U.S. 31 South in Manistee.

The month of October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month and Oct.15 the national day of remembrance.

Event organizer Kim Anderson said the Walk to Remember honors lost children.

“Hearing their baby’s names read aloud with a group people who understand what that means and support you and want to honor that child’s life with you (is why the event is important)” Anderson said.

If inclement weather occurs, the walk will take place inside MCC however, if favorable weather occurs, the walk will take place around the school grounds.

A candle lighting ceremony will replace the balloon release, which was changed for environmental reasons.

“As in year’s past we’ll read out the name of each baby who’s being honored by their loved one and, as we read off their name, the family member or whoever is there, will light the candle in honor of them,” Anderson said.

Rev. Michael Bell, former rector at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Manistee, and Rev. Robert Wynkoop, will speak at the event.

Additionally, a button maker will be there to create buttons with a child’s name on it or a phrase to remember them by.

Anderson lost her first two children, Phoebe Bush in 2010 and Ronan Bush in 2011, within a few weeks of their respective births to a rare lung condition called Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia, which is the inability to efficiently exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide in the lungs.

Since last year’s event, Anderson said she has seen more people around the country break their silence about baby loss.

“A miscarriage is something that’s sort of quiet. It’s difficult for people to talk about,” Anderson said. “People don’t want to hear that babies don’t always live, so it puts a stigma on grieving families to get the help and support that they need.”

Although the event is being held at MCC, it is not sponsoring the event but letting it take place there.

However, the event’s roots are at MCC.

MCC principal Jason Allen said Rogene and Tim Fisher, important figures at the school, helped get the event off the ground.

“(Rogene) was instrumental in beginning this six years ago,” Allen said. “It was developed as a Christian community event but didn’t want to exclude anybody who lost a child. I think it’s a wonderful event and a great celebration of those that were lost.”

The event has been at MCC except for the previous two years when it was held at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Shrine Gardens in Manistee.

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Posted by Sean Bradley

Sean is the city and cops and courts reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the entertainment and Reasons to Celebrate pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3109 or sbradley@pioneergroup.com.

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