Detroit Zoo event supports grieving families, promotes infant safety
A celebration at the Detroit Zoo on August 9 will support families who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of an infant and help promote measures to prevent infant death during the Jungle Jubilee hosted by Tomorrow’s Child.
“Although we have made great strides in reducing the number of preventable infant deaths in Michigan, more work remains,” says Sarah Scranton, CEO of Tomorrow’s Child, a statewide advocacy and support organization that works to reduce Michigan’s infant mortality rate. “Every three days a Michigan baby dies when sleeping in an unsafe place. We must do more to educate parents, families and care givers to eliminate these preventable deaths.
The event begins with a short program featuring Roger and Cathy Hurst of Oxford who received the Tomorrow’s Child Family Champion award earlier this year. They will then kick off the memorial walk to celebrate the lives of those babies who have died, followed by family activities including face painters, a Safari Scavenger Hunt and show by Silly Me the Clown. More information is available at www.tomorrowschildmi.org.
Proceeds from the Jungle Jubilee will support Tomorrow’s Child which provides services and programs throughout the state to save babies lives and support families who have experienced a pregnancy loss or infant death. Through community partnerships and personal outreach, Tomorrow’s Child touches the life of every newborn in Michigan, engaging families, health professionals and caregivers to keep babies healthy and safe. Tomorrow’s Child also provides grief support to anyone affected by a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.
Founded in 1994, Tomorrow’s Child is in its 20th year of supporting parents and families coping with the loss of an infant and working to prevent future infant deaths.
For more information, please visit: http://www.tomorrowschildmi.org/content/jungle-jubilee-0
|Photos from 2013 (click to enlarge)|
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