The Roanoke Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends invites bereaved parents, siblings, relatives and friends to register now for a one-mile “Walk to Remember” Saturday, May 11 from 4 to 8 p.m.
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. There are more than 650 chapters in the United States, including all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam. The local event is patterned after The Compassionate Friends National Walk to Remember in Boston, Mass., where as many as 1,500 are expected to participate. Dozens of chapters across the country are expected to hold a local Walk to Remember during 2013.
The local Walk will start at Green Hill Park, Shelter #2, Salem, on Saturday, May 11, at 4 p.m. Preceeding the walk, there will be a dove release by John M. Oakey and Sons.
“You do not need to be a member of The Compassionate Friends to join with us, and you do not need to walk the full mile,” says chapter leader Sherry Cameron-Cox. “We welcome everyone who wants to join hands and hearts in remembering all children who have died too soon.”
Anyone interested in walking should call Sherry Cameron-Cox at 540-793-3414 to receive a registration form. Registration is $10, and walkers will receive a walk bib to record the names of those being remembered. Participants are encouraged to seek pledges that will go to the local chapter to support outreach and chapter activities. T-shirts will be on sale on the day of the walk, as well. There will also be a memory board to share photos of loved ones.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter meets on the second Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospice, located on Electric Road in Salem. For more information, call Cameron-Cox at 540-793-3414 or Michele Moldenhauer at 540-387-3081 .
For more information about the national organization and other chapter locations, call toll-free 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.
– Submitted by Sherry Cameron-Cox