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Celebrating and Surviving Milestones

Celebrating and Surviving Milestones

From the moment I first held that pregnancy test in my hand, my heart was filled with dreams for my son’s childhood–one that I hoped would be filled with love, laughter, and plenty of family traditions. I envisioned the milestones to come: his first birthday, his first day of school, his high school graduation. My dreams were shattered into a million pieces when our precious firstborn baby was born prematurely and succumbed to a fatal genetic condition at just 93-minutes old. The milestones that I once looked forward to with such joy and excitement were now anticipated with such deep sorrow. Three years later and my heart aches each time kindergarten enrollment begins, and I often find myself blinking back tears as I count down the years until Ethan’s class will start school. The loss of a baby has a way of changing a simple date on the calendar into a point in time that feels so significant and so heavy with a wide spectrum of emotions. How can we face the due dates, the birthdays, and the milestones that now feel so bittersweet? As we approached Ethan’s first birthday, I reached out to my friends within the loss community for ideas of ways to spend the day and received plenty of great ideas for celebrating and surviving milestones.   Throw a bash One of my loss mama friends throws a birthday party for her son each year. Through the years, this tradition has been a great way to celebrate her son’s life with friends both new and old. Some party ideas include a butterfly release, cake and icecream,...

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST!!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 Oak Creek Golf Club 1 Golf Club Drive Irvine, CA 92618 11:30 AM Registration 1:00 PM Shot-Gun Start 5:30 PM A Night to Remember (Taco Bar Dinner, Silent and Live Auctions) The OC Walk to Remember is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Golf to Remember Tournament sponsored by White Nelson Diehl Evans, LLP, to be held on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at Oak Creek Golf Club with a 1:00 PM shot-gun start. Over two million babies die each year due to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, pregnancy loss and infant death. Proceeds from this annual event will contribute to help fund our supports groups for families, assist with educating the medical community to improve quality of care and response and allow us to continue creating opportunities of remembrance like our annual 5k Walk in October and several other events. SPONSORSHIP AND GOLF OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE! DISCOUNTED FOURSOME- $550                                                                                       Single Golfer- $15                                                                                              Golf Includes: Range Balls Putting contes Boxed Lunch Green & Cart Fee (Shared Cart) Taco Bar Dinner (A Night to Remember) And other contests, raffle and fun surprises! SIGN UP NOW BY CLICKING THE ‘REGISTER NOW’ BUTTON: To pay...

SHOP TODAY! Stella & Dot Online Show in Honor of Peyton Mark DeGeorge!

On June 7th, one of our Board Members, Allison DeGeorge held a wonderful Girls Night Out Event!  The night was filled with good conversation, drinking and eating delicious desserts, while shopping all for a great cause! 100% of the proceeds benefited OC Walk to Remember! Thank you to everyone who attended the event and to those who helped make it such an exciting night! Stella and Dot trunk show by Buckley Farina Hair bows are by Leila and Grace Fashionable clothes by The Girlz Shoppe Flowers by Annette Josephine Gomez Desserts by Heidi Lyn Gheshmi Photos by Katy Reginer Photography and Katelyn Furuta Allison raised around $3,000 with just online and purchases of tickets. Donations are still being added up because…. You still have time to SHOP until June 28, 2014 on the STELLA & DOT ONLINE SHOW where the commission will be donated back to OC Walk to Remember! HAPPY SHOPPING! Here is the link to share with your family and friends- http://www.stelladot.com/ts/ua4z5 Below are some pictures that were taken at the event on June 7, 2014...

Girls Night Out Fundraiser – June 7th, 2014

  Looking for a fun way to support OC Walk to Remember? One of our board members, Allison DeGeorge has organized a Girls Night Out fundraiser featuring an open bar, dessert bar, Stella and Dot trunk show, and more fun! If you’re free June 7th please visit this link for more information and to purchase your $40 ticket, and of course 100% of the proceeds will benefit OC Walk to Remember. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girls-night-out-tickets-11229320199 If you can’t make the event, but still want to support us in a fun way, check out the online trunk show for Stella and Dot, where commission will be donated back to us and a purchase of $40 or more automatically enters you in a raffle!...

Fundraising Event for OC Walk to Remember This Weekend!

Come See us at Bob’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream at the Orange County Market Place! We’ll be there selling hand-dipped ice cream bars for $3 each. The great news is that OC Walk to Remember keeps the entire purchase price! Please share with your friends! DATES: Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th TIMES: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm                                                                                     WHERE: Bob’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream on the East side of the Swap Meet, Row E, Aisle 3. Look for Elvis on the building. Can’t wait to see...

Volunteer Isabel Royal Makes a Big Difference in the Community

Isabel Royal, 12 years old from San Clemente takes action and brings positive change in her community. Not only does she enjoy cooking, surfing,tubing and swimming, volunteering is what she likes to do. For the past 2 years, Isabel has been a volunteer at OC Walk to Remember’s yearly event in October. On September 10, 2012 her friends Jennifer and Jeffrey Watanabe lost their baby, Luke due to a cord accident. To support them, Isabel and her family attended their 1st OC Walk to Remember event and walked to honor Luke. Isabel was eager to help and handed out water bottles. The second year, she became more involved and participated at the temporary tattoo booth. “It’s a fun and worthy cause. My family and I try to help them out as much as possible. I wanted to see how I could help out, so my idea was to go on the website. I saw that you could volunteer, so I did.” At the temporary tattoo booth, there were suggested donations of $1, but some people donated more, it was a fun activity for kids and their families. Isabel also had a great time meeting new people and hearing their stories. “I liked when they handed out the white roses because it showed a lot of support for families, and I enjoyed seeing them smile.” Volunteering has impacted Isabel’s life in such a positive way. In order to have a Bat Mitzvah, one of the requirements is to complete a final project. She put together a board about this organization, displayed it for others to see, and spoke about her experience...