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 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 April 28, 2018, 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.
"Charlee's Run" is a 1km/5km Fun Run/Walk taking place on April 28, 2018 at Couchiching Beach Park on the Orillia Waterfront. 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 Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which treats more than 270 babies from across North Simcoe/Muskoka every year.
On April 28th, 2018, 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.
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, 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.
Last April we held the first annual Charlee’s Run to raise funds for the OSMH NICU while also raising awareness for pregnancy and infant loss. We were overwhelmed when over 400 people came out raising over $40 000!
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 tiniest of patients.
Create an account, then select "Create Fundraising Page" to create your own fundraising page for Charlee's Run and set your own goal.
Type "Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation" into the search, then select "Charlee's Run in support of the NICU". Fill out the rest of the form to create your own Fundraising name, set start/finish dates and set a personal goal.