‘A Walk to Remember’ benefits bereaved parents
Everyone is invited to attend “A Walk to Remember” at 6:30 p.m. July 7 from El Dorado Beach to Reagan Beach. The walk is a fund-raiser to help print and mail the bimonthly newsletter of Compassionate Friends, an organization that supports families who have lost a child of any age. Bereaved parents, siblings, relatives and friends are especially invited to attend. Following the walk, there will be a balloon launch at Reagan Beach and entertainment by the all-girl Blue Ribbon Choir.
“You do not need to be a member of The Compassionate Friends to join the walk and you do not need to walk the full two miles,” said Deborah Woodruff, chapter leader. “We welcome everyone who wants to join hands and hearts in remembering all children who have died too soon.”
Anyone who knows in advance that they will be joining the walk may call Woodruff at (530) 541-5587. Anyone making a $25 donation will receive a special T-shirt imprinted with “A Walk to Remember” and a bib for people who wish to put their child’s name on it with his or her birth and heaven date. Any donation amount will be appreciated and may be sent to Compassionate Friends, c/o Dot Mangnall, 853 Alameda, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
The Compassionate Friends is the largest self-help bereavement organization in the world and offers friendship and understanding to families who have experienced the death of a child of any age. There are nearly 600 chapters in the United States, including all 50 states. The local event is being held the same day as the Compassionate Friends 25th national conference walk in Salt Lake City, Utah, where more than 1,000 are expected to participate. Dozens of chapters across the country are expected to join in concurrent walks throughout the day. For more information about the walk and/or the organization call Woodruff.