The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County (TCF) is joining with dozens of chapters and thousands of bereaved across the country this summer in a one-mile “Walk to Remember” their children, brothers and sisters, grandchildren, and other family members who have died. The Ottawa County Walk will be held Sunday, July 7, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton.
As the world’s largest self-help bereavement organization, The Compassionate Friends offers friendship, understanding, and hope to families that have experienced the death of a child at any age from any cause. There are more than 650 chapters in the United States. The local walk is being held in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends National Conference Walk to Remember® in Boston, MA, where as many as 1,500 are expected to walk July 7th.
Locally, walk coordinators are expecting more than 150 participants to meet at Lakeview Park. The walk begins promptly at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at noon. Following the walk, participants will join for a potluck and short memorial service.
“Whether someone walks one mile or a couple hundred feet is not important,” says chapter leader Roseann Hickman, “What is important is that we have taken this time to join with family and friends who care that an important person, a child, is missing from our lives. We are joining with bereaved families and friends walking in unity in states across our country to remember all children who died too soon, no matter their age or cause of death.”
Registration is required for the event and a registration form can be received by contacting Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4690 or you can pick up the form at Perfect Color, 90 N. Madison Street, Port Clinton. Cost of registration is $10 and walkers will be given a walk bib. Walkers who pre-register will be given a tshirt also.
The chapter is accepting pledges from the community, as well as walkers, to help support outreach and chapter activities. Anyone wishing to make a pledge or who would like additional information about the walk or The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County may call Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4690
For more information about the national organization and locations of its chapters nationwide, call 877-969-0010 or visit TCF’s national website at www.compassionatefriends.org. The Compassionate Friends has a presence in at least 30 countries worldwide.