Annual Butterfly Run was a colourful success

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It was a beautiful weekend for the 6th Annual Butterfly Run. One branch of the event took place in North Grenville on October 9. Over 20 participants walked or ran the course that started on Hagen Street, down the rail trail to Bedell Road and back again. 

The Butterfly Run aims to raise awareness and support around pregnancy and infant loss in Ottawa and the surrounding areas. This year the event raised over $60,000, bringing the total amount raised to over $400,000 for Roger Neilson House. All proceeds from the Run and fundraising events are donated to Roger Neilson House to support families while their children are in pediatric palliative care. 

Local resident and Co-Chair for this event, Anne-Marie Warren is one of the many women that has gone through a loss. Anne-Marie started co-chairing the organization and brought a branch of the Run to North Grenville after her daughter gained her wings at 44 days old. 

Anne-Marie with her son Colt, in front of the sign in memory of Charlotte, Anne-Marie’s daughter. This Run is one of the many ways that she and her husband feel they can stay connected with her.

The support her family received at Roger Neilson House during their stay made their precious time with Charlotte as comfortable as possible. This is Anne-Marie’s 5th year as Co-Chair of the Run. 

Anne-Marie hopes to keep Charlotte’s memory alive by supporting others who have suffered pregnancy and/or infant loss and by giving back to RNH for their continued love and support. Anne-Marie was happy to be a part of the first Pregnancy After Loss support group which she attended through her pregnancy with her son, Colt.

If anyone would like to donate to the Roger Neilson House please visit their website at https://rogerneilsonhouse.ca/

 

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