After a successful first year, the Healing Hearts run and walk is returning to Victoria this weekend in support of people who have gone through miscarriages, pregnancy loss, or infertility.
Organizers of the event say people who experience fertility issues or pregnancy loss are often left to grieve in isolation.
The Healing Hearts run aims to support people who may be suffering alone through the Pacific Perinatal Foundation (PPF).
“There is no public funding for support services for bereaved families,” said Dr. Kim MacDonald, co-founder of PPF in a release Friday.
“Everyone should have access to compassionate, wrap-around care.”
The five kilometre run and two kilometre walk take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Royal Roads University.
The goal for this year’s event is to raise $55,000 to support families with counselling, programs, and other resources.
Organizers also hope to raise awareness about infertility, pregnancy loss and infant loss, and offer a safe space for people to connect and honour these experiences.