HOW THIS RACE WAS BORN
On October 23, 2019, my husband and I gave birth to our stillborn daughter, Hannah. She had died 2 days before at 29 weeks gestation. I only knew two people – in my 31 years — who had experienced this before. But since then, I have watched many untold stories come into the light.
Why the silence?
Because our babies died before taking a breath outside of the womb, their stories may never be shared, leaving many parents to grieve alone. It's hard to find ways to honor these lives that were lost. One thing we know with assurance is that for many of us, our families will be much larger in Heaven when we are finally reunited with our lost children. A lifetime seems like an impossible time to wait, but until we meet again, we will honor the life they had – in the womb or the far-too-short moments on this earth.
We have learned that beauty will rise out of the ashes as we allow their significant lives – no matter how short – to have an eternal impact.
“…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” – Isaiah 61:3
Our hope is that this race will be a place to remember and acknowledge every life gone too soon. We have planned an interactive run/walk. Just as there are 3 trimesters in a pregnancy and a newborn phase, a 5k has 3 miles and a 0.2 mile finish.
Along the route – at different mile-markers, you will see tables with candles and signs representing the stage of pregnancy. If you are walking in remembrance of a child gone too soon – your own or someone you know – write the family name or the child’s name on the sign and light a candle in his/her memory. Many parents grieve these losses in isolation, unsure of how to feel and unaware of shared experiences in their community. Our hope is that this race will be a tangible picture of those affected by this type of loss.