In this interview, the founder of the Vancouver Butterfly Run, Kim Lockhart, shares her story of loss and how The Butterfly Run came to be as a result.
The Butterfly run is a walk/run event held for those who have experienced infertility, miscarriage, or infant loss. Its fundamental belief is rooted in the idea that a bereaved parent is a path that no one should walk alone. This run exists to support those who have experienced infertility, pregnancy loss, and infant loss by organizing a Memorial Run to create community, raise awareness, and fundraise for supporting programs.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 women will experience miscarriage or pregnancy loss and that 1 in 6 Canadians experience infertility. While support exists, programs are often relatively unknown, underfunded, and hard to access. The taboo surrounding pregnancy and infant loss leaves many individuals and families dealing with their grief in isolation.
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