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Aaron's Butterfly Run: Sat. Oct. 14, 2017

Aaron's Butterfly Run: Sat. Oct. 14, 2017

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Spread the word about Pregnancy and Infant Loss resources in Ottawa and Gatineau

For many women, the excitement over a positive pregnancy test doesn’t lead to that picture perfect moment of mom and baby cuddling and, in fact, an estimated one in four women will experience miscarriage or pregnancy loss in her lifetime.

“Most people know someone who has lost a baby, but they never hear that story until they have a miscarriage or a stillbirth themselves. So when it happens to you, you are completely unprepared for the possibility,” says bereaved parent Margaret Sambol. “I felt alone and I had no idea where to even look for resources or support.”

Enter Aaron’s Butterfly Run: a group of volunteers in Ottawa and Gatineau committed to spreading the message, “You are not alone,” through several concrete steps.

Aaron’s Butterfly Run volunteers are attempting to break the taboo around talking about pregnancy and infant loss by sharing their own personal stories. They have also compiled a list of miscarriage, pregnancy and infant loss resources in Ottawa and Gatineau so that grieving parents, and their friends and family members, can find local supports in one easy-to-find website. Aaron’s Butterfly Run is also fundraising to support the perinatal hospice and perinatal loss programs at Roger Neilson House, which support men and women grieving the loss of a pregnancy or infant. 

Aaron’s Butterfly Run was created after Rachel and her husband Rob lost their son Aaron in 2016, shortly after he was born. Rachel and Rob received a heartbreaking terminal diagnosis during their pregnancy and decided to carry the pregnancy to term. The perinatal hospice program at Roger Neilson House was a tremendous source of support to Rachel and Rob, during their pregnancy and after the loss of Aaron.

Aaron’s Butterfly Run is planning a 5 km run and 1 mile walk/run to raise funds for the Roger Neilson House perinatal hospice on October 14, 2017 in Brewer Park, Ottawa.   For people who would like to get involved, but do not wish to run, there are various volunteer opportunities available on the day of the run.

Lastly, Aaron’s Butterfly Run has partnered with Mom Friends to produce the Butterfly Box, a resource kit containing thoughtful items and information resources to support bereaved parents in Ottawa and Gatineau through their grief journey.

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