October 12, 2008

A Walk to Bond and Remember


More than 300 people quietly moved along the Rillito River Walk from Children's Memorial Park - some with balloons, most wearing purple T-shirts - but almost all remembering the heartbreaking loss of a child.

Footprints Support Group and Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital sponsored the seventh annual Tucson Walk to Remember, a symbolic, half-mile walk and celebration of life held Saturday at the park, 4851 N. 15th Place.

The ceremony included music, a balloon release and words of encouragement as parents, relatives, friends and healthcare professionals joined to remember infants who have died but will never be forgotten.

"We walk to remember the steps they (the babies) will never take," said organizer Mina Rose, a registered nurse. "These are babies who have died stillborn, miscarried or newborn."

Parents who have gone through those losses can meet and get help at Footprints Support Group, which provides a healing environment so they can share experiences, thoughts and feelings.

The support group meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at St. Joseph's Hospital, 350 N. Wilmot Road. The group meets at the Women's Pavilion in the Agave Room.

Call 873-6590 for more information.

* Contact photographer A.E. Araiza at 573-4155 or [email protected]

Originally published by A.E. ARAIZA, ARIZONA DAILY STAR.

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