More families in Owensboro are affected by pregnancy and infant loss than most even realize.

In honor of October being Pregnancy and Infant Awareness Month a local Pregnancy/Infant Loss group "Footprints on my Heart" will host the 11th annual awareness event on Thursday, October 20, at 6pm at Panther Creek Park.

Laura Casey and Chasity Conder are the beautiful souls behind this event.  Laura suffered multiple miscarriages early in life which left her feeling empty and alone.  Chasity also suffered the loss of sweet "Carson."  Below is Carson's story in his mommy's own words:

At my 21 week ultrasound Carson was diagnosed with hypo-plastic left heart syndrome (left ventricle is not completely formed) and dandy walker syndrome (brain malformation) Carson was born 7.5 weeks early on January 21, 2013, and was immediately taken to Riley's Hospital for Children via life flight in Indianapolis. He was unable to have surgery right away due to his weight. He was finally able to have the hybrid surgery at a month old. After several other procedures and another heart surgery, Carson's heart could go no more and the option for a heart transplant was denied due to his dandy walkers. We had to make the terrible decision that no parents should ever have to make (to take him off life support). On May 5, 2013, Carson gained his angel wings.  We had a wonderful 3.5 months with our baby boy and for that I am thankful. Some do not have that much time. The loss of a child is the worst thing a parent can go through. Even though I have the best support of family and friends, I still felt alone and knew I had to step forward and help others.

Sweet baby Carson
Sweet baby Carson

Make plans to attend this beautiful event.  They will have a memorial walk to honor the lives of all the precious sweet little ones who were gone too soon.  There will be a roll call of names, bubbles blowing, balloon release,  and personal stories and poems from those affected.  Light refreshments will be served The public is invited.  This event is for anyone who has experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS or other infant death. T-shirts have been ordered and will include babies' names on the back (over 200). There is still time to make sure your child's name can be included in the program by calling/texting Laura at 270-903-3080.

Come walk in honor of sweet Carson or someone close to your own heart.

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