Annual Butterfly Run supports pregnancy and infant loss care at Roger Neilson Children’s Hospice.

“Being a bereaved parent is a walk no person should do alone.”

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It’s a tough statistic, one that demands greater awareness and advocacy; pregnancy and infant loss affects 1 in 4 Canadian families, while 1 in 6 are affected by infertility issues. Inspired by the butterfly symbolism of transformation and moving forward, forever changed, the Butterfly Run began in 2017 as Aaron’s Butterfly Run, the first charity run of its kind in the Ottawa area.

Based on the belief that the path of being a bereaved parent should not be walked alone, the Butterfly Run is dedicated to increasing awareness and compassionate support for the parents and families who have experienced pregnancy loss, infant loss, pregnancy after loss, and infertility. In addition to being a time to come together to hear, to share and support each other, all proceeds raised help to fund the Roger Neilson Children’s Hospice, particularly the Perinatal Hospice program, which supports families whose babies are likely to die before, during, or shortly after birth, as well as the Perinatal Loss Bereavement Support Group.

The 2024 edition of the Butterfly Run will be held on Sunday October 6.  To participate support these courageous families as a volunteer or to donate or sponsor a runner, go to  For more information on how Roger Neilson House supports families suffering loss, visit [RNCH link.]

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