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Bridget's Run will raise awareness for pregnancy and infant loss

Event will be held Oct. 19 at Centennial Beach Park
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On Saturday, Oct. 19, hundreds of runners will gather at Centennial Beach Park for the second annual Bridget's Run. Parents, siblings, family and friends will come together to raise awareness for pregnancy and infant loss.

Runners have raised money for Bridget’s Bunnies, an initiative that is driven by the desire to ensure no family endures infant loss alone.

Theresa and Mat Morrison were inspired by their beautiful baby, Bridget Bell, who was born still just one day shy of her due date, following a healthy pregnancy. To honour their daughter’s brief life, the couple started building comfort kits in order to help other parents through the worst days of their lives.

The kits are provided to parents at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and are intended to provide gentle direction and lots of compassion. The kits include hand and foot molds to create lasting memories, books on grief and infant loss, stuffed bunnies for both the baby and parents, and other essentials.

Since the inaugural Bridget’s Run in 2018, Bridget’s Bunnies has been able to provide more than 75 kits, while expanding their scope to include all stages of pregnancy loss.

Bridget’s Run also coincides with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, which is recognized by several provinces every October. Barrie City Hall will also be raising the Pregnancy and Infant Loss flag for the first time, in recognition of the month. That is planned for October 15.

Where: Centennial Beach Park, 65 Lakeshore Road Barrie.

When: 5K run/walk at 9 a.m.
             Kids 1K Bunny Hop at 9:10 a.m.