Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Naperville's 4th Annual A Walk To Remember

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Naperville's 4th Annual A Walk to Remember will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2008, at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion in Naperville. The theme of this year's Walk is "Because of You."

Registration for the Walk will begin at 8:30 AM, a memorial service will be held at 9:30 AM, and A Walk to Remember will start at 10:15 AM, which is a two-mile, leisurely walk along the Naperville Riverwalk.

Walk proceeds will benefit the development of the Wings of Hope Angel Garden at Edward Hospital and the Edward Foundation SHARE Program. The SHARE Program is a national and local non-profit pregnancy and infant loss support group with a mission to raise public awareness, promote research, and provide support to parents and families whose lives have been touched by miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal loss.

Each year, 1 out of every 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage, 26,000
children die as a result of stillbirth in the United States, and another
19,000 children succumb to neonatal death. Thousands of families leave the hospital each year without their child -- with empty arms, broken hearts, and a love for their deceased child that will never diminish. Help SHARE continue its mission touching lives, healing hearts, and developing an angel garden to serve as a place of reflection and hope.

There are many ways to support A Walk to Remember; including walking,
sponsoring the Walk, donating raffle items, and serving as a volunteer.

Those who have experienced a loss and their family and friends are encouraged to SHARE their tears, WALK to honor, and REMEMBER with love.

For more information and to register online, visit napervillewalktoremember.org. The registration fee, which includes a t-shirt, is $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for children, if you register by Wednesday, October 1, 2008. You may also register on the day of the Walk, but the registration fee will increase to $30 for adults and $17 for children and t-shirts will be subject to availability.

Nearly 400 people attended the 2007 Walk, which raised approximately
$24,000 and included a moving memorial service featuring Linda DeYmaz, author of "Mommy, Please Don't Cry," as the keynote speaker, live music, poetry, and a reading of baby names before participants walked for the steps those babies will never take.

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