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Residents Share a Walk to Remember

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

It's National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and many are marking it by taking part in "A Walk to Remember."

Residents come together to remember lives taken away much too soon.

"I know he's in heaven and that I'll see him one day, but I'd just love him, hold him and sing to him and tell him that I love him very much, says Debbie Gay, who still mourns the loss of her grandson Josiah, who died in August.

Congressman Allen Boyd feels her pain. His own son died almost 24 years ago.

"I think we're here to say to them there's hope, there's family, there's faith, friends, community to learn on and support you."

Event coordinators hope the event offers families hope and support.

"I hope families leave with a sense of being loved and nurtured by the community and I hope the community learns that infant mortality is a real problem in our community and that it's something that could affect their friends and family."

Recent recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics includes having infants sleep on their backs, having separate sleeping environments for the parents and the infant and offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.


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