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October,14 2017

Butterfly Run Ottawa

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Aaron’s Butterfly Run is a 1 mile family walk/run and 5km walk/run in Ottawa/Gatineau to support families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy or the loss of a child by:

  • Increasing community awareness and encouraging dialogue about pregnancy, infant and child loss;
  • Providing an opportunity to create connections and community; and
  • Providing funds for hospice and bereavement programs at Roger Neilson House in Ottawa.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage or pregnancy loss. Pregnancy, infant and child loss affects countless families.  The Butterfly Run Quinte was created by three bereaved mothers in 2016 to help other bereaved families.  In 2017, The Butterfly Run will take place in Belleville, Peterborough and Ottawa/Gatineau.  Being a bereaved parent is a path that no one should walk alone. Please help us support families in Ottawa/Gatineau who experience the devastating loss of a child.

Aaron’s Story

Aaron Isaiah Robert Peters Samulack was the beloved son of Rob and Rachel Samulack.  Aaron was a patient of the Perinatal Palliative Hospice at Roger Neilson House.  The Perinatal Hospice is provided to families in cases where there is a prenatal, perinatal or neonatal diagnosis of a life-limiting illness or a life-ending diagnosis. It is specialized care that prepares parents for the birth, death and sorrow of the impending loss of their much loved child.  Roger Neilson House also has a Perinatal Loss Parent Bereavement Support Group for parents who have lost an infant to a stillbirth (over 20 weeks gestation) or a neonatal death (up to the first 28 days of life).

Aaron was born on Father’s Day, June 19th, 2016 and spent 100 precious minutes with his family after birth.  It was sad and it was hard, but it was beautiful.  Baby Aaron was surrounded by love and passed away in the arms of his parents.  Aaron’s Butterfly Run has been organized by Aaron’s parents and friends as a way to remember all the butterfly babies and to support bereaved families in Ottawa/Gatineau.

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