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Atrium Medical Center Hosts 15th Annual HEAL Walk to Remember

Special Weather Note: Due to potentially inclement weather on Sunday, October 6, the HEAL Walk to Remember will take place inside the Atrium Family YMCA (located on the northern portion of the Atrium Medical Center Campus) at 5750 Innovation Drive. Weather permitting, the walk to the HEAL Memory Garden will take place as scheduled at 2:00 p.m., starting from the YMCA.

MIDDLETOWN, OHIO, September 27, 2013 – Atrium Medical Center’s Help Endure a Loss (HEAL) Program will host its 15th Annual Walk to Remember at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 6. The event will take place at the HEAL Memory Garden on the Atrium Medical Center campus at One Medical Center Drive in Middletown. Anyone who has been touched by the death of a child, regardless of age or circumstance, is welcome to attend.  

The HEAL Memory Garden, located on the east side of the hospital, is a quiet place where families can go to remember and celebrate the lives of children who have gone far too soon. It features the Angel of Hope monument, a nationally recognized symbol of hope and healing.

Guests are asked to enter at the north entrance to the Atrium Medical Center campus and park at Greentree Health Science Academy. Registration and mementos for the Walk will be available at the welcome station on the Academy grounds beginning at 1:30 p.m. The ¼ mile walk to the HEAL Memory Garden will begin promptly at 2 p.m. followed by a memorial “reading of their names” and ceremonial balloon release at the garden.

The HEAL Walk to Remember takes place at the nexus of two special months. September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month – a time when the nation pays special attention to our infant death challenge and recognizes that every baby deserves to live to his/her first birthday, grow into a healthy child, and become a productive adult. October is Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month – a month when we spend extra time educating the public about the problem of sudden infant death and the risk factors that contribute to the issue. While the HEAL Walk to Remember takes place during a time of year dedicated to raising awareness of infant death, all families who have lost a child too soon are welcome to attend.

For more information about this year’s Walk or the HEAL Program, contact Sheree Young at (513) 705-4056 or visit www.AtriumMedCenter.org/HEAL.