“We love working with the OC Walk to Remember because it gives us the opportunity to help out a great cause. These women have been through so much and we have these amazing cabanas that offer them a carefree, relaxing day right on the ocean. They deserve it!”

Bill Tremper

General Manager, Pacific Edge Hotel (corporate sponsor)

“This is a day to celebrate, remember and grieve for the babies that are always in our hearts. Families find so much comfort in knowing that they are surrounded by other people who truly understand their loss. The Walk was started to lovingly remember all the babies that left this earth too soon. It is our hope that no parent will ever have to feel alone and that no baby will ever be forgotten. Many organizations have benefited from the generous support of the participants. Our mission is for the OC Walk to Remember to reach out and help many more parents, families, doctors, hospitals, and support groups”

Kristyn von Rotz and Lyndsey McLaughlan

Founders, OC Walk to Remember

“This organization has given me and my family HOPE! I received a memory box in the hospital and it is by far one of the most valuable things I own. I lost my daughter in August 2012 and was given information about the organization in the hospital. One of the most important things the organization has done is to help me is to understand that I’m not alone. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Esmeralda Rivera

Mother to Angelita Kaylee Alvarez

We attended our first walk in 2010, less than 8 weeks after our first child was born still. I had learned about OC Walk to Remember from one of my nurses while in the hospital. We set up a team, Aiden’s Angels, and over 30 of our friends and family walked with my husband and I in honor of our precious son that morning. Since then, I have become involved with OC Walk to Remember volunteering as their Director of Community Education, educating the medical community on how to improve the care of women and their families during and after the loss of a baby. Being a witness to
how great an impact this organization has on families grieving such a devastating loss has been an honor and has given me hope that my son will never be forgotten.

Angie Bailey, LVN

Clinical Research Nurse

“Because of the funds we received from the OC Walk to Remember, we are now able to update our library with new books and programs to help families in need. Also, some of the funds went toward an Empty Arms reunion we held in December. For many years, we had wanted to put together
a reunion for all of the past group members, and it finally happened this year! When couples first come to our group, they are “broken” and deep in their grief due to their losses, so it was such a blessing to see them smile and have joy once again at the reunion. Many were pregnant or brought their
children and new babies. It truly was a wonderful evening and one we plan to hold annually. Thanks again for selecting the Empty Arms Ministry as one of your donation recipients. We truly appreciate it and all the work you do for this event. You are truly making a difference in the lives of families in our community.”

Karen Hacker

Empty Arms Ministry, Saddleback Church

Volunteering with the OC Walk to Remember has a special place in my heart. The very first time I volunteered at the 5K Walk event I didn’t know what to expect. Would it be a sad and emotional day? I didn’t know. But I wanted to be there for my friend who lost her son. I was amazed at these large families and teams walking united to support their loved ones. Yes there are tears, but there’s a lot of healing and smiles going on. It put a lot of perspective in my life.”

Nicole Simmons

Volunteer for 5 years

OC Walk to Remember provides an invaluable community resource for UC Irvine Health. We are fortunate to have a trusted partner that truly addresses the spectrum of issues faced by patients and their families after a devastating loss. Both at UC Irvine Medical Center and in the surrounding community, OC Walk to Remember and their passionate staff remain a vital source of education and materials that facilitate healing.

Charity Vasquez, MS, CCLS

Child life program manager women's and children's services, UC Irvine Medical Center