JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The second annual NEA Baptist Mother's Day 5K was held Saturday morning at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in support of the Share Hope organization.
The organization is dedicated to helping families who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.
Several families, including mothers, moms-to-be, and mothers who've lost their babies came out to run.
Over 250 people registered for the event wanting to celebrate Mother's Day by contributing to grieving families in need of healing from the loss of a child.
"We want to support these families that lose their babies, whether it's stillborn or loses their lives or in early ages of life so it's just very good to help raise money to benefit those families that may not have the funds to do so." said Register Nurse and 5K runner Melissa Hill.
"Mother's Day is usually one of the hardest holidays for me because my mom has been dead for about 20 years and it doesn't get any easier some years," said Sandra Combs, a participant in the Women Can Walk and Run group. "But I figured that if I can participate in this, it would take some of the sadness out of it for me for Mother's Day."
Andrea Simpson, director of the hospital's radiation department, created the NEA Baptist Mother's Day 5K event in remembrance of her son Jack.
"We learned about the Share Hope organization June 26, 2014, when our son Jack, we discovered that he no longer had a heartbeat," said Simpson. "I was 38 weeks pregnant and he no longer had a heartbeat."
Because of the Share Hope organization, the annual event helps Simpson and her husband inspire other families who have lost a child.
"They just need to look to God and look for guidance, and they will find that their grief will evolve into something of hope," said Simpson.
All proceeds raised from the event went to the Share Hope program.
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