GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn–The Star Legacy Foundation, an Eden Prairie-based national nonprofit dedicated to stillbirth research, education, advocacy and awareness, will hold the 4th Annual Let’s Not Be Still! Pregnancy & Infant Loss Run/Walk on Saturday, September 24 at Staring Lake Park in Eden Prairie.
This event brings together parents, families, friends and advocates for pregnancy and infant loss awareness, research, education and family support. Events include a 10K, 5K, 1 mile walk, kids fun run, and diaper dash.
As Minnesota increasingly becomes known as a national leader in stillbirth advocacy, this event has experienced tremendous growth – from 150 participants in 2013 to 950 in 2015. More than 1,200 participants are expected this year. This event kicks off National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month, a national month of remembrance started in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.
Stillbirth is not a rare event.
Each year in Minnesota, approximately 500 families – and 26,000 families nationwide – are told that their unborn baby has died before birth. For many, the cause is never known and these babies appear to be otherwise healthy. Experts believe that many stillbirths are preventable, and that more research and awareness is needed to help prevent these tragedies. The Star Legacy Foundation is the only nonprofit in the nation that is dedicated solely to stillbirth education, advocacy and awareness.
To register for/donate to this event, visit letsnotbestill.org.
Chris Duffy is the Vice Chair of the Star Legacy Foundation, a national non-profit located in Eden Prairie, MN dedicated to stillbirth awareness, research, education, and family support.