trudged out of bed at 5:00 A.M. to volunteer at the Hope & Hearts 5K
Run/Walk, a fundraiser for the Missing GRACE foundation. This
organization provides materials and support for parents and hospitals
dealing with pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility, or adoption issues.
Starting with barely enough light to see, the Key Clubbers started out
by constructing balloon arches for the start and finish lines. After this, they
inflated over one thousand biodegradable balloons for hours until well past
noon, preparing for the Hope & Hearts Run’s traditional balloon release.
After the race, teary-eyed families wrote the names of the infants they lost
and released the balloons together to symbolize the souls of their babies
rising up to heaven.