The Hope & Hearts event is special day to Run. Walk & Give Families Hope! This event is about acknowledging together the lives of those whom we miss and hold dear. We honor the lives of babies and children who are in heaven, and come together to heal as a community and to say these precious babies and children will never be forgotten.
The event also helps to raise awareness about pregnancy and infant loss along with the needed funds for Missing GRACE Foundation to provide free services and support for grieving, infertile and adoptive families. Bereaved parents and their loved ones are invited to create a team page to tell their story and to raise funds.
The event includes: a 5K timed run, a 3.8K memorial walk, kids' fun dash, Steps for Hope Memorial Signs, a memorial wall, team photos, event t-shirts and personalized shirts, kids' carnival, live music, food, team and finisher prizes, vendors and a commemoration ceremony where every baby's name is read aloud from the stage.
Co-Directors of the Minnesota Hope & Hearts Run
My name is Amy Berry and I have been a volunteer with MGF for 11 years. I got involved after my dear friends, Dan and April Wurst, had a stillborn baby girl, named Kaila in 2002. Together, they joined with Candy and Stephen McVicar to start what is now the Minnesota Hope & Hearts Run. I have been on The Core Volunteer Team, and been the Marketing Director the past 6 years for the event. I also feel a personal connection to this event as I suffered loss through two miscarriages before my two wonderful children, Sydney (13) and Jack (10) were born.
Volunteering alongside so many wonderful people over the last decade has been an absolute honor for me. Meeting families that have lost precious babies and hearing their stories has touched my heart deeply. MGF is making a difference providing resources and support to bereaved, infertile and adoptive families nationwide, and I am so glad to be a part of that important and much needed assistance. I am privileged to be working with my Co-Director, Cheri Chalstrom.
My name is Cheri Chalstrom. I am a mother to 6 beautiful daughters and grandma to 16 wonderful grandchildren. One of my grandbabies lives with Jesus in Heaven. Blake Steven was born still on April 18, 2014 which happened to be Good Friday. That night as I left my daughter Sarah at the hospital after Blake was born, I knew I had to find an organization that could help us through the pain of our incredible grief. A dear friend of mine told me about Missing GRACE Foundation. We started attending the GRACE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group. Sarah and I then also volunteered at the T-shirt table at the Hope & Hearts event that year. We helped participants personalize their baby's name onto their shirts. The Hope & Hearts event is one of the best ways to bring our family and friends together to remember our precious grandson Blake. We now pay it forward to an organization who has helped us tremendously and honor baby Blake, by facilitating the Rogers GRACE Support Group together. It is such a blessing to be able to help others to heal and find community in their grief journey. I am proud and excited to be helping with the Minnesota Hope & Hearts event as a Co-Director alongside Amy Berry! I am looking forward to another beautiful and healing day for our family, friends and the whole community.
Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2017Teams
: To create a Personal and/or Team page, simply "Create an user account" (free!) and the site guides you through how to set up your page, where you can add your photos, write out your story and post your page to Facebook and Twitter. Your friends and family can donate to your page and your totals will be reflected on your thermometer. New Team pages available Spring 2017!
Register to Attend
- Registration online will available Spring 2017!
: Bunker Hills Regional Park in Coon Rapids.
There are 2 entrances to the park. The North entrance gatehouse is closest to the pavilions #3 and #2 where the Hope & Hearts event takes place.
North Entrance is located at: Bunker Lake Blvd (also called Country Rd 116)
Enter into park at County Park Road ASchedule & Fees:
Registration, music, memorial wall, photos, t-shirt personalization and food
- 5K Timed Run ages 13 and older $25 pre-reg/ $30 onsite
- 3.8K Memorial Walk ages 13 and older $25 pre-reg/ $30 onsite (12 and younger FREE)
- Kids' Fun Dash ages 12 and younger $10 pre-reg/ $12 onsite
- Prizes and Presentation
- Commemoration Ceremony
HISTORY OF THE HOPE & HEARTS EVENTS
What are Hope & Hearts Events? Here is how the first event got started and what it is all about…
The first Hope & Hearts Run/Walk was held in Minnesota in 2005. April and Dan Wurst and Candy and Steve McVicar founded Hope & Hearts Run and began hosting the event in honor of their daughters, Kaila and Grace, who were both stillborn due to cord issues at 38 and 33 weeks gestation respectively. Proceeds from all Hope & Hearts Run/Walks benefit the Missing GRACE Foundation.
The banner of a Hope & Hearts event is “Raising Awareness About Pregnancy Loss & Stillbirth Prevention.” At the first event, more than 150 people participated and over $13,000 was raised. By the 4th year, more than 1000 people joined to run and walk and raised over $80,000.
The event draws bereaved families from all over Minnesota and other Midwest states and takes place at Bunker Hills Park in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Hope & Hearts events have been held in Texas in memory of Payton, in New Mexico in memory of Blakey, in Kentucky in memory of Gracie, and in Ohio in memory of Annabelle.2016 Event Site 2015 Event Site 2014 Event Site