My Name is Samantha and I am initiating the first annual Remembrance Walk in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month on October 25th. The 3-mile walk will take place at Ladybird Lake in Austin, TX at 9:00 AM.
My motivation to initiate this Remembrance Walk in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October stems from my own loss. In December of 2016, my seven-month-old daughter passed away suddenly with no cause of death, fitting into the category of SIDS. What I very quickly came to understand is that we weren’t alone. Infant loss due to SIDS is a much-to-common occurrence and the silence that surrounds it is prominent. The year that Elyse passed, there were about 3,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths in the United States alone and every year, one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. My mission is clear: to break the silence surrounding miscarriage and infant loss. As a loss-mother, and after speaking with numerous other loss-parents, we know that talking about our children does not remind us they are gone, but reminds us that they existed; this is why the Remembrance Walk places so much value in keeping their memories alive in the most beautiful way: the gathering of people to honor and remember and raise money for a good cause, which could potentially save thousands of lives.