Most photos courtesy of Lily Red Studio – http://www.lilyredstudio.com
For the third year in a row, the RESOLVE Colorado Walk of Hope has taken place on a warm, sunny morning in a Colorado park.
The Walk of Hope recognizes the many ways in which families are built, supports local support services and programs for the 7.3 million women and men living with infertility, and raises public understanding of how the disease of infertility impacts families nationwide.
This year we gathered to support one another, regardless of our journeys.
Those who have loved ones enduring any aspect of infertility were there.
Those who are currently struggling to conceive or to complete their families were there.
Those who are pregnant after struggling were there.
Those who have completed their families were there.
Those in the community who provide services to people who are struggling were there.
It was as supportive of an environment that one could imagine.
There were a few additions to this year’s Walk, such as the “journey beads” and “seed bombs.”
These meaningful beads were a way to show what stage we were at in the family building process, and there was something for everyone.
There were beads for those who had a pregnancy loss.
Those who were battling infertility.
Those whose dreams had come true.
Those who were at peace.
Those who were a supportive friend or family member.
And for the children, there were rainbow beads. Many of the children at the Walk, including my son, are rainbow babies – those born after a loss.
There were also Seed Bombs from Hope Blooms. The seeds can be tossed in any area with soil, and in 2-3 weeks, native wildflowers should bloom and attract pollinators.
What a great way to acknowledge any type of loss.
Yet another addition to the Walk was the return of the banner. Last summer, the Colorado Walk of Hope was honored to start this banner with a blank slate. We all wrote our personal messages, and then the banner made the rounds to every single other Walk throughout the country for the following year. Having it back, and reading all of the inspirational messages was priceless.
Before the Walk got started, there were a few awards to hand out. I was surprised to win the award for the most money raised as an individual on a corporate team!
We then gathered for a group photo. I am so fortunate to be a part of a team that day in and day out, fervently assists people in reaching their visions.
And then we were off to walk one mile for the 1 in 8 who suffer with infertility.
There was a Porcupine, activities for the kids, and a silent auction.
The event photographer captured some beautiful moments. As I was scrolling through the many photos, I got choked up when I came across these in particular.
Infertility is a beast, and the fight can seem endless. When you come out the other side, the pain doesn’t completely go away – there are every day reminders. But in the end, many of use would do it all over again.
I was told that this year’s Walk raised the most in the three years that we’ve had the Walk. Not only that, we raised the most out of all Walks across the United States!!
Until next year…