Charlee's Run

May 9th, 2020


Run, have fun and help

1 in 4 pregnancies ends in loss. Given this fact, it is hard to not know somebody whose life and family has been touched by a prenatal or infant loss. The loss of a child is something that no person should ever have to endure, but sadly, happens much too often. Often these losses are dealt with in silence with families struggling to find support.

On May 9, 2020, please help us in coming together as a community to show support for all those who have had to say goodbye much too soon. Let's break the silence.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness

Run for the smallest patients

"Charlee's Run" is a 1km/5km Fun Run/Walk taking place on May 9, 2020 in your neighbourhood: #runningTogetherApart. This event is named in memory of Charlee Clare Holmes and is held in honour of all those who have experienced prenatal and infant loss. All proceeds from this event are in support of the Neonatal and Paediatric Needs at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital.

On May 9, 2020, please help us in coming together as a community to raise much-needed funds for the smallest patients, as well as to show support for all those who have had to say goodbye much too soon.

Register Now! Donate Now! Start Fundraising!

Event Info & News

  • Registration opens at 8:30am, followed by opening ceremonies and bubble release
  • Registration fee is $30 per person; Early Bird Price $25 until 11:59pm, March 8, 2020
  • Free T-shirt when you register before April 1, 2020
  • Kids 12 and under are FREE
  • 5km walk/run starts at 10:00am
  • 1km walk/run starts at 10:15am

Our story

On April 29, 2011, our daughter Charlee Clare Holmes was born. She was only given a small amount of time in this world with us and sadly, we said hello and goodbye to our beautiful girl in the same day. As parents, you watch your children make mistakes, find accomplishments, find a purpose in life, and grow their own legacy. But when you are the parents of a child who has passed away, those milestones are taken away. The pain of losing Charlee will never get easier for us. But as her parents we know her life, however brief it was, has meaning and purpose, beyond just being our story of pain and loss.

In August of 2012, we welcomed our son, Keenan, into our family. At only two weeks old, Keenan became very ill and was admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH), where he stayed for 11 of the most stressful, terrifying, and emotionally draining days of our lives. We are forever indebted to this hospital and its staff for saving our son`s life, so we did not have to be the parents of two "angel babies". When we heard that this NICU was in need of funds, we knew exactly what the next step in our daughter’s legacy should be; Charlee’s Run.

Over the past three years, Charlee’s Run has raised more than $150,000 for OSMH Neonatal and Paediatric needs, while also raising awareness for pregnancy and infant loss. Each year, Charlee’s Run grows, with over 600 people participating in last year’s event!

Because of the overwhelming response and support that was shown, we have decided to do it again! It is our hope that Charlee’s Run will continue to be an outlet for the community to come together to remember and celebrate the tiny lives lost too soon while raising funds to support our community’s most vulnerable of patients.