Little Joys remembers lost infants

Published: Sep. 9, 2018 at 9:31 PM MDT
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The Little Joys Remembrance Foundation held its annual walk Sunday afternoon.

This was the second year the foundation walked a mile along the Canyon Rim Trail, to honor infants lost.

Dozens of people showed up to honor and remember the infants loved and lost.

Little Joys founder and executive director Erica Willenbring explained what exactly they do.

"We all unite here along the Canyon Rim trail to celebrate all the babies that have passed, either during pregnancy or within their first year of life," explained Willenbring

They join together to walk a mile and then release balloons for the babies.

It's not all sad though.

"So today we have a sundae bar, you know, people can put their own toppings on, we have a silent auction, and then along the walk route, signs of the babies names, and the sponsors who have helped make this possible,” Willenbring explained.

The money raised goes toward buying a cuddle cot for a hospital.

They did the same thing last year.

"Last year was our first, and that was a fundraiser specifically for a cuddle cot out in cassia, or Burley to be specific. And this year we're hoping to place another cuddle cot with the funds raised today,” Willenbring stated.

Because the reality is, they're needed.

"We like to think that infant loss doesn't happen anymore, but here in Idaho alone, throughout the whole state, there are over 300 losses a year. And that's not including miscarriages, which is defined as losses under 20 weeks."