Almost Mother's Day 5k

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Raised by 8 people in 7 months
Honoring Mothers of Children in Heaven.

Many of you may know me, but not so many know the crux of my story. 

From the time I was a babe I played with dolls, dreaming of being a Mother some day. Then the unthinkable happened. Just before Mother's Day in 2013 I miscarried my first child. The depth of my devastation could only be fully expressed in heart-wrenching sobs.  I had never felt so alone, so ashamed. As a woman who has yet to bear a child, it's a natural reaction to feel deep shame. When I lost another little one, and then two more, I felt isolated in my pain. Still, beauty comes from ashes, and there is healing from deep pain.

Over the last 5 years when I have shared my pain with close friends in intimate settings I learned I was not alone. Many, many women are feeling as I have in those dark days. I would not wish the loss of a child on anyone.

So now I'm doing something about it.

I am hosting an event named the "Almost Mother's Day 5k" the Saturday before Mother's Day, to show the women in my county who have suffered loss of a child - be it miscarriage, abortion, given-up-for-adoption, or even due to ravages of war - that they are seen. Yes, the hurt is deep; but others have walked through this pain and want to reach out to them in their time of need. 

It is estimated that 15-25% of confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage. That's 1 friend of 4 who may be hiding this deep, rarely talked about pain. 

My question now: Will you stand with me to create an affirming encounter for these Mothers?
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We have registration open! If you or someone you know is local to the Tulsa area and would like to run in memory or support of a missing-her-little-ones Mom, share this race with them!
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Hey Rachelle, what's the need for these donations?

I'm glad you asked!

Funds donated will go to race expenses including, but not limited to: set-up, timing, course markers, etc.

To truly honor women, I'd like to do this right. That means a certified, timed course with ready volunteers, and lots of excitement along the way.
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This morning I am reminded of Isaiah 49. "Can a woman forget her child..." No, I would argue she can't.

Even if she was never able to hold that child in her arms. I have names for all 4 of my little ones, and I can remember how I felt when they were within.

That's why I am doing this. I want other women who miss their sweet children to know they are not alone, to know that hope can come, slim as it may seem in the moment of grief.

Stand with me to impact women in Oklahoma who need to hear they are not the only ones with empty arms. Donate or share today!
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