• Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
    Those attending Saturday’s Rock and Walk for Babies start the Hope Lap, the first of the event, as they walk the track at Blackcat Stadium in memory of babies who died unexpectedly, leaving their families emotionally devastated. The group in front represented baby Brooks Fortner, who was born and died the same day: Feb. 10 of this year.
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    Sandra Davis, of Groesbeck, at right, with granddaughter Kynlee Walton, 5, of Conroe, helps Hailey Hamilton, 11, also of Groesbeck, select a butterfly to decorate and represent Hailey’s cousin Dalton, who died at three months of age. The paper butterflies were placed on a small bare tree to represent the lovely tiny babies that ‘flew away.’
  • Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
    Three attendees at Saturday’s Rock and Walk for Babies affix paper butterflies on a small bare tree to represent babies who died but are remembered even years later. Shown here, l-r, are Sharon Dobson, of Tyler, Sherry Lynn, of Blooming Grove, and Claudia Hinds, also of Tyler. The remembrance walk was hosted by The Tears Foundation and was intended to raise awareness of pregnancy and infant loss, and also to raise money to help families with burial and cremation expenses.
  • Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
    Cutouts of butterflies, representing babies who have died were attached on slender wooden stakes and placed around the walking-running track at Blackcat Stadium for Saturday’s Rock and Walk for Babies. Sponsored by The Tears Foundation, the event was intended to raise awareness of the grief caused by pregnancy and infant loss, and also to raise funds for families to help with burial and cremation expenses
  • Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
  • Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
  • Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
  • Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News

Remembrance walk draws grieving families

By Roxanne Thompson ,Staff Writer

Family members and friends of those who had lost a baby met at Mexia’s Blackcat Stadium Saturday for an event to remember their beloved little ones and raise money to help others in that situation.  Around 80 or so participated in Mexia’s Rock and Walk for Babies, many dressed in colorful T-shirts, with the name of one of the lost babies printed on the back. Hosting the walk was The Tears Foundation, a national group that has 26 chapters, including some U.S. states and some overseas locations. Natasha Garza, of Jewett, who teaches in Mexia, was the coordinator of Saturday’s walk, and she told why she got involved in it. Her sister and brother-in-law in Florida lost their first baby, whom they named Violet. The loss was devastating for the whole family. “My niece was stillborn three years ago,” Garza said, “and spreading the word about infant loss became very near and dear to my heart. One in four women will suffer the loss of a child, and it’s not talked about enough. So we’re here to spread awareness and hope.”


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