On Sunday, July 21, the Ottawa County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends held their annual Walk to Remember at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton on the shore of Lake Erie. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child, at any age, from any cause. Each summer the group holds their annual Walk to Remember to honor the children that have been lost.
“The worst thing we can imagine is our children being forgotten,” said Ottawa County Chapter of Compassionate Friends president Roseann Hickman. “We are thankful for the turnout and support of the community. Some people don’t want to talk about it and it is a tough subject. We want to get the word out to people that might not know about us so we can help them heal.”
Close to 100 people registered for the walk. After participants went twice around Lakeview Park, they gathered at the City Beach to have a balloon release (with biodegradable balloons) and then they all gathered together at the Lakeview Park shelter house to have a potluck.
There was a silent auction, wishing stones and t-shirts available at the event. Walkers also wore back bibs with names written of those they were remembering. The money raised at the event went to the local chapter of The Compassionate Friends.
“This organization has helped me tremendously in the grieving process,” said Kim Chaffin who lost her four year old, Jaylah, in 2011. “I don’t know where I would be without it.”