PARAMUS, N.J. -- Walkers will gather in Van Saun Park, Paramus to help raise awareness and celebrate newborn babies who unexpectedly died.
The 2nd Annual Angel Walk aims to honor the lives of infants lost too soon and raise awareness about support and research.
The walk takes place 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Van Saun Park, 216 Forest Ave.
Registration can be individuals or teams, and cost is $20 per person.
The event is presented by The Hudson Shea Foundation , which was started after Melissa and Adam Yoskowitz of Mahwah suffered the unexpected loss of their newborn son Hudson on May 26, 2011.
Their goal was to ensure grieving parents had perinatal and neonatal support services following the loss of a baby.
The foundation has partnered with The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood in creating a support group for grieving dads who lost newborns.
A partnership is also in place with Rutgers University and the Child Health Institute of New Jersey at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to fund medical research in the fields of preterm birth, perinatal and neonatal health issues.
The Hudson Shea and Stella Faith Fund will donate funds over the next five years to further research in these areas. The hope is a better understanding of the fundamental causes of pre-term labor and life-threatening neonatal disorders with the hope of finding new cures and preventions.
The HSF also awards academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors who persevered despite personal adversity.
Click here for more information about HSF and its charitable work.