Heartstrings 11th Annual Walk for Remembrance & Hope

Every year, hundreds of community members come together to share with each other their journeys, their babies and their hopes.  It is a time when we can openly grieve and remember, and through that togetherness, we grow in the hope that carries us forward.  The Walk for Remembrance & Hope is Heartstrings’ most important pregnancy and infant loss outreach event to support bereaved families, and it also financially ensures the continuation of our grief support programs for families in need.

This year, Heartstrings Walk for Remembrance & Hope is celebrating its 11th Anniversary!  Join us at Triad Park, Shelter #6, on October 10, 2015.  Friends and family will gather for a Time of Remembrance Program followed by an approximately 1 mile walk, reading of baby names and a balloon release.  Check-in at the Walk is open from 9-10am. 

Some families have experienced difficulty registering via First Giving, a registration portal that may be unfamiliar to many. Please do not hesitate to request assistance from Annie if you encounter any issues. We do not want registration to be a frustration!  anniev@heartstringssupport.org


More exciting details:

Team fundraising!  
So many are touched by the babies we are honoring.  Invite your friends and family to help honor your baby/babies through contributing to a Memorial/Team fundraising page.  We have worked to make team fundraising easier by utilizing FirstGiving so that our families may create their own webpage.  If you created a fundraising page for the 2014 Walk, you will be invited to create a new page for this year as previous pages will not carry over.

The top three fundraising teams will each receive a personalized print of the e.e. cummings poem, "I Carry Your Heart"!  All teams raising more than $50 will be featured throughout 2015 on the Friends of Heartstrings webpage.  Pick a team name and get started!  To register a team, first register for the Walk, then you will be prompted to start a fundraising page.  FirstGiving will then walk you through the process of setting up your own, personalized page.  You can add video, pictures, and a message to your friends and family.  Set up your page, then share across your social network!  Winners will be based on team totals as of 5pm EST on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Volunteers made the 2014 Walk for Remembrance & Hope a huge success!

Volunteers made the 2014 Walk for Remembrance & Hope a huge success!

“Whole Family Portraits”:
Too often, our babies are unrepresented in family portraits.  This is our chance to change that!  Bring any memory item you want — photos, ultrasounds, stuffed animals — and hold them tight while professional photographers take your portrait!  Those without memory items will be given chalkboards to write their baby’s name and hold with them in the picture.  Photos will be emailed directly to you at no charge after the Walk.

Additional Merchandise:
Love the logo but don’t want a t-shirt?  Making your own team shirt?  Check out our CafePress site!  You can purchase hundreds of items with the Walk logo and have them shipped directly to you.  You could get a hat, a bag, a water bottle. The best part—Heartstrings gets a portion of the proceeds!

Sponsorship levels:  
With each passing year, Heartstrings makes huge strides in building awareness about the Walk for Remembrance & Hope.  Again in 2015, there will be great opportunities for exposure for our sponsors.  Would you like to become a sponsor?  Do you know of a company that might be interested?  We hope you will join us in supporting local families in need of hope!  Contact Annie for more information at anniev@heartstringssupport.org.

For more information about the 11th Annual Walk for Remembrance & Hope, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please email Annie at anniev@heartstringssupport.org

Thank you to our current sponsors!


Diamond Sponsor - $5,000

GOLD Sponsor - $2,500

Silver Sponsors - $1,000

Bronze Sponsors - $500