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Atrium Medical Center Hosts HEAL Walk to Remember

Middletown, Ohio, Wednesday, September 24, 2008 – In honor of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, the Help Endure a Loss (HEAL) Program of Atrium Medical Center will host its tenth-annual Walk to Remember. The program will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5, at the HEAL Memory Garden on the Atrium Medical Center campus. The walk honors infants and children who die each year. Anyone who has been touched by the death of a child, regardless of age or circumstance, is invited to attend.

This year’s Walk to Remember will include the dedication of the new HEAL Memory Garden. The garden, located along the walking trail on the east side of the hospital, is a quiet place where families can go to remember and celebrate the life of children who left us far too soon.

A portion of the program is the dedication of a nationally recognized symbol of hope and healing…the Angel of Hope monument. The Angel of Hope was introduced to the world in the bestselling book and television movie, “The Christmas Box,” written by Richard Paul Evans. The story is about a woman who mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. While the book is mostly fiction, the angel monument once existed in a cemetery and is speculated to have been destroyed. A new angel statue was commissioned by Evans in response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to mourn and heal. Now, more than 70 angel monuments exist across the country, with the newest statue located at the HEAL Memory Garden.

Program registration begins at 1:30 p.m. In addition to the Angel of Hope dedication, the program will include a brief memorial service and a balloon release.

“We’re proud to continue the tradition of the Walk to Remember on our new campus,” says Sheree Young, Atrium’s perinatal grief and bereavement coordinator. “The addition of the Angel of Hope adds a new dimension to the garden that hopefully will bring peace and healing to all who have experienced the loss of a child.”

The first Walk to Remember was held in September 1986 and now continues in communities throughout the United States. The walk is designed to raise awareness regarding pregnancy and infant loss.

For more information about this year’s Walk to Remember, contact Sheree Young at (513) 705-4056.