25th Year for the Walk to Remember

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Families who have suffered the loss of a baby gather together for a special ceremony along the Sinnissippi bike path on Sunday.

The Walk to Remember happens every October as a way for families to honor children lost at an early age. Before the walk, several mothers shared their stories of loss and recovery. The group then walked from the YMCA lodge to a special plot set aside to honor the kids with individual bricks.

“It gives me such peace knowing that in October I get to have a place where you can just come and reflect. That's the best part because a lot of people didn’t get to bury a baby. There is no place they can go to sit and talk or sit and pray and they can come here,” says Annette Marley VanBuskirk; four of her children died as infants.

Families have been taking part in the walk to remember for 25 years. It’s put on by SwedishAmerican Hospital, Fitzgerald Funeral Home and the Haven Network, a hospice center for infants and young children.

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