Butterfly Run Ottawa
The 2018 run has been named “Charlotte and Théo’s Butterfly Run” in honour of Charlotte Warren and Théo Pagé. Born to Anne-Marie and Tom Warren, after 7 days, Charlotte went from CHEO’s NICU department to Roger Neilson House, where they were blessed to spend another 37 days together. The son of Claire and François Pagé, Théo was born with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and sadly, passed away shortly after his birth. Since then, Roger Neilson House has been a huge support for Théo and Charlotte’s parents through their Perinatal Loss Bereavement Support Group
It is estimated that 1 in 4 women in Ottawa/Gatineau will experience a miscarriage or pregnancy loss, and that 1 in 6 will experience infertility. While support exists, programs are often relatively unknown and can be hard to access. The taboo surrounding infertility, pregnancy and infant loss leaves many individuals and families dealing with their grief in isolation.
The Butterfly Run is the first charity fun run of its kind in the Ottawa/Gatineau area, for the second year in a row. The intention of the run is to raise awareness and support for individuals and families who have experienced miscarriage, infant loss, and/or infertility. Last year’s inaugural run included around 500 runners and raised more than $30,000 for pediatric palliative care and bereavement programs at Roger Neilson House, a program of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).