Why the Butterfly Run?
Pregnancy is supposed to be a time of excitement and anticipation of the future. Unfortunately, pregnancy and infant loss affects 1 in 4 women, their partners, and families. Infertility impacts 1 in 6 Canadians.
These fertility losses - infertility, pregnancy loss, and infant loss - are devastating and it can be difficult for others to understand the magnitude of grief that accompanies these losses. Consequently, individuals may feel dismissed and alone.
The Butterfly Run Vancouver exists to support those who have experienced fertility loss by: 1) Offering support, compassion, and community;
2) Raising awareness around infertility, pregnancy loss and infant loss;
3) Fundraising for supporting programs; and
4) Honoring families' memories of their children and
holding hope for children to come.
Thank you for standing with parents and families who have to face the devastating reality of infertility, losing a pregnancy, or losing an infant. Together we are ensuring that parents and families have the care they desperately need.
Being a bereaved parent is a path that no one should walk alone.
Butterfly Run Vancouver is a celebration of life, no matter how long or short.
After the loss of her son Wilder in 2017, Kimberly Lockhart began searching for a sense of community. She discovered that Vancouver did not have a memorial walk for infertility and pregnancy loss. Kimberly knew there was a need to raise awareness and she desired to bring families together to connect and support one another. Kimberly contacted BC Women's Health Foundation. She was put in contact with Emily Cordonier with Butterfly Run Ottawa, a run to support those experiencing pregnancy loss in Ottawa. Butterfly Run Ottawa agreed to provide the advice and support that Kimberly needed to get the event planning started in Vancouver. Many thanks to organizers of The Butterfly Run Ottawa for their ongoing guidance and support!
Soon after the planning began, Kimberly shared the idea with friends who had also experienced the pain of pregnancy and infant loss. From there, a group of volunteers formed to organize the first Butterfly Run Vancouver on Saturday October 5th, 2019 along South False Creek Seawall.
The Inaugural Butterfly Run Vancouver 2019 was wildly successful - surpassing both attendance and fundraising goals. The continuing success of the Butterfly Run Vancouver gives evidence to the many individuals that are deeply impacted by pregnancy and infant loss in the Vancouver and British Columbia communities.
Why the "Butterfly"?
The Butterfly was chosen as a symbol of transformation, of spirit and soul, and the unending cycle of life and death. The metamorphosis of the butterfly is a powerful symbol in so many ways for those who are grieving. They are the beautiful tiny spark of life that came to us, lighted our lives for just a moment before fluttering away. They are hope that the transformation that loss brings into our lives can result in something different, something beautiful. We are not the same through this journey but we are growing.
Our first logo of "Butterfly Feet" (2019 and 2020) was created by Amberlea Williams of Hereness and Thereness for Butterfly Run Ottawa. It was inspired by the footprints of Aaron Samulack who spent 100 precious minutes with his family after birth.
Our second logo (updated 2021) was created by Brian Liu from BLIU Creative.