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OC Walk to Remember – 2009

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2009 OC Walk to Remember at UC Irvine on October 10th. We raised $29,000 for local support groups and hospitals. Thousands of families will benefit from your support!

The OC Walk to Remember is a 5K walk, done in remembrance of all the babies lost to miscarriage and pregnancy and infant loss of any kind. The walk was preceded by a memorial service, where each baby’s name was read. No baby should ever be forgotten.

Proceeds from the walk benefit the national SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support organization,as well as several Orange County hospitals and support groups:

St. Joseph Perinatal Hospice, which is dedicated to supporting parents who continue a pregnancy after their baby is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, provides nurses, social workers, music therapy, chaplain services, and many other support resources. They are there for the parents from diagnosis through the bereavement process, and the walk proceeds will help support those programs.

The Guild for Infant Survival Orange County is dedicated to serving parents and families, educating the public and professionals, and raising funds to support medical research in an attempt to eradicate Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). GISOC was established in 1975 to support families that have experienced the death of a baby to SIDS. The non-profit GISOC is the only Orange County peer support group for SIDS families.

Empty Arms support group at Saddleback Church is dedicated to providing care, council and encouragement in a Christian setting to parents who have suffered through the death of their baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death.

Healing Hearts SHARE support group Healing Hearts is a network of grieving families who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal loss including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and for parents who had a much wanted pregnancy but due to medical problems were unable to continue pregnancy.

The funds also benefit the following hospitals. Previous donations have been used to fund the memory box programs; train nurses, doctors, and social workers about perinatal death; buy cameras and photo printers; and more.

• Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
• St. Jude Medical Center
• Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
• AHMC Anaheim Regional
• UCI Medical Center
• Western Medical Center
• Mission Hospital
• Kaiser Permanente (Irvine and Anaheim locations)

Several hospitals and support groups will receive donations of books of inspiration and support after the loss of a baby. A collection of books will be given to each hospital’s labor and delivery unit and available to mothers, fathers and other family members following the death of a baby.

The SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support organization serves parents around the country those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life. The proceeds will help support their mission of helping families around the country.

Thank you to White, Nelson & Co. for sponsoring our program
Quality. Integrity. Balance. These are the prevailing philosophies that guide the accounting firm of White, Nelson & Co. LLP. Located in the heart of Orange County in Irvine, we provide a full range of accounting, tax, and management advisory services that support some of Southern California’s most successful and entrepreneurial companies.  www.whitenelson.com

Thank you to The Flowery in Villa Park for the generous donation of roses so every family had a item to remember their baby by: The Flowery in Villa Park California has been the premier Orange County, CA florist for over 25 years. The Flowery delivers beautiful, unique and creative floral designs for every occasion from weddings and special occasion parties to funerals and get well wishes. The owners of the florist, Carolyn Kain and daughter Billie O’Brien along with their professional staff take pride in creating custom floral arrangements for all occasions for delivery throughout Orange County, CA. thefloweryvillapark.com

Thank you to Gold Sponsor Hoag Hospital’s Women’s Health Department for their support of the OC Walk to Remember: The Sue & Bill Gross Women’s Pavilion contains a spectrum of women’s health services, such as Hoag Breast Care Center, and the Women’s Wellness Center. The Women’s Wellness Center provides health assessments, screenings and education on a wide variety of health topics including menopause, osteoporosis screening, heart disease and cancer. Maternity services provided are unsurpassed – with 18 state-of-the-art labor, delivery and recovery suites, three operating rooms for Caesarean sections and a seven-bed antepartum unit for women with pre-delivery risk. The new facility houses an expanded neonatal intensive care unit and mother/baby unit, as well as expanded areas for fetal diagnostics, neonatology services and staff support functions.  hoaghospital.org/womenshealth

Thank you to Suzanne Pullen for speaking at the Remembrance Ceremony and Ken Faulkner for his music contribution. You both helped make the event very special for many parents.

Memorial Wall
Thank you to the Preston Family (Joe, Lisa, Malia Jayne, and Soraya Nicole) for sponsoring the Thornton McKinley Preston Memorial Wall in memory of their son.

Gold Sponsor
Hoag Hospital www.hoaghospital.org

Bronze Sponsors
Bette Kohout CWFC Nuclear Group
Thank you to White, Nelson & Co. for sponsoring the program www.whitenelson.com

Acknowledgements / Special Thanks

Thank you to the companies and individuals who donated their services, raffle prizes, and/or provided pregnancy and infant loss merchandise.

Food & Beverage Donations
Activate Drinks www.activatedrinks.com
Bagels & Brew www.bagelsandbrew.com
Cinnamon Productions  www.cinnamon-productions.com

Raffle Donations

Amanda Hawley
Asics www.asicsamerica.com
Bears, Buddies & Toys  www.bearsbuddiesandtoys.com
bel kai designs www.belkaidesigns.com
Boneheads www.eatboneheads.com
California Fake Bake
Chick-Fil-A, Foothill Ranch  www.chic-fil-a.com
Creative Memories by Cindy Andersen  www.mycmsite.com/cindyandersen
Frances Fendors
Graziano’s Italian Restaurantswww.grazianosrestaurants.com
In Motion OC www.inmotionoc.com
Jim Leachman
Kathy Bellomo
LoveTagz www.lovetagz.com
Michael Stars www.michaelstars.com
Mother’s Market www.mothersmarket.com
Oakley www.oakley.com
Ore’ Originals www.oreoriginals.com
OriginOne Clothing www.iamoriginone.com
Precious Hand and Footprints  www.precioushandfootprints.com
Precision Pilates www.precisionpilates.com
Scentsy/Leanne Fawcett  www.scentsy.com/lfawcett
Scrapbooks by Marcela Glaser
Signum Digital Pro
Soul at Home www.soulathome.com Studio EMP Inc www.emausphoto.com
T.S.B. & Co. www.TSBandCo.comThe Spa Club/Patti Ross
The Sweet Tooth Fairy Bake Shop  www.thesweettoothfairy.com
The Pagliarini Family
The von Rotz Family
Timeless Treasures
Zlaket’s Market www.zlakets.com
Zoomars Petting Zoo www.zoomars.com
Merchandise & Service Donations
bel kai designs www.belkaidesigns.com
Candlewood Suites  www.candlewoodsuites.com
CARE Ambulance Services
Christine Marie Photography  www.photobycm.com
Classic Party Rentals  www.classicpartyrentals.com
Facepainting by Jennifer Davidowitz
Ginny Apke www.whentowork.comInternational Print & Promotional www.ippromo.com
Kathy Bellomo
LoveTagz www.lovetagz.com
Scrapbooks by Marcela Glaser
Signum Digital Pro
Sterling O.C. Enterprises LLC  www.sterlingoc.com
The Flowery www.theflowery.net
Top Hat Balloon Werks  www.tophatballoonwerks.com

Grief Support Services
CA Certificate of Stillbirth and Kirsten Pert
Empty Arms Support Group
at Saddleback Church
Empty Arms Support Group at Yorba Linda Friends Church
Guild for Infant Survival
Hoag Hospital, Women’s Health Services
Saddleback Hospital
St. Joseph Hospital

Fundraising Efforts
An extra special thanks to everyone who created online fundraising pages for this year’s OC Walk To Remember:

Angel Callista’s Page
Angels Ethan and Emily
Baby Gabriel Isaiah Cardenas
Baby Janelle’s Walk For a Cause
Baby Steps
Christopher James
Emily Caruso’s Page
Erin’s Walk
In Memory of Baby Patrick Chavez
Infant Survival of Orange County
Journey For Joseph
Loving Liam
Luke’s Team
Olivia Kaylie’s Page
Our Angels
Our Lil Paz C. Vargas
Pacing 4 Peyton
Remembering Adrian
Remembering Cade Daniel Cuevas
Remembering Kayla
Remembering Our Angels
Remembering Our Gabrielle
Remembering Our Precious Gabriel
Remembering Zachary and Ava Archung
St. Joseph Perinatal Comfort Care Team
St. Jude Angels
Steps for Kaitlyn Masumi Uyehara
Tammy and Sam’s Page
Team Brayden Jordan
Team Christopher
Team Drews for Bridget, Elsie and Madison
Team Dustin
Team Gavin Edward Pagliarini
Team Hacker 2009
Team Isabel
Team McLaughlan 09
Team Paris
Team Remembering Randy
Team Remembering Ryan 2009
Team Ruff
Team Runyon
Team Sierra Rose
Team Tess
Team Xavier James
Threads of Love – For Our Little Angels
UC Irvine Perinatal and NICU 2009
Walk for Noah Gusto
Walk for Scarlett
Walking for Marqus & Jonathan
Walking for my little angel Rosalinda
Walking for Thornton McKinley Preston
Walking with Brooklyn Fundraising Page
Your Name Says It All Anjelica Team

Event Volunteers

Many thanks to the student volunteers of Rosary High School and Chino Hills High School – Health Science Academy.

We are grateful to all the volunteers who donated their time in order to make the event a success.

In Remembrance