By: Kendra Goldman
I first heard about the Share Walk on October 12th, 2016 while visiting the website. This was 2 days before I was scheduled for a D&C for my second miscarriage.
The day of my D&C, I wanted to talk with my doctor to see if the walk would be something I’d be able to do. He said as long as I didn’t over exhaust myself and took it easy, he wasn’t concerned.
When I first walked up to Frontier Park the morning of October 15th, 2016, I was in awe of what I saw. There were hundreds of people in purple and white shirts. We found out, being a bereaved parent, you were in a colored shirt for that specific year. We were not alone in our heartache.
My husband and I registered so that our babies would be acknowledged and, luckily enough, there were still shirts available.
As the ceremony started, I saw a few women in purple and pregnant. I felt a sense of hope in that. There were children supporting their lost siblings, whether younger or older. There were over 500 names read aloud of babies lost. I was so overwhelmed. I reached out to the organization and started volunteering. I felt like the voice of women needed to be louder to make miscarriages not as taboo. I thought being involved would help.
Fast forward a year and I was now one of the women pregnant expecting my rainbow in January and wearing a shirt remembering my lost little ones. I believe this is something my family will do every year to make sure our little ones, wherever they may be, know they are in our hearts and on our minds.
The 2018 Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope will be held on October 20th. Registration opens July 1st. For more information, visit NationalShare.org.