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Families and Friends Walk to Remember Those Gone Too Soon

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It's the kind of pain no parent should have to bear...

Kara Bailey/ Son Passed at 16: It's a worst nightmare.

But for Kara Bailey, that nightmare became reality in 2009 when her 16 year-old son Nick passed away suddenly from an undetected enlarged heart.

Bailey: When we lost Nick it was complete shock and we just felt like we were completely alone in this world and nobody knew our pain...

But Bailey came to find she wasn't alone.

Bailey:There's unfortunately a lot of people that do know the pain of losing a child.

United in their grief, families and friends mourning a loss of a child formed an F-M chapter of The Compassionate Friends.

And members are paying homage to their lost loved ones one step at a time.

Donna Peterson/ Son Passed at 31: It helps to gather with people who have lost children and to have kind of a support through that shared experience.

Bailey: This is a great way for us to get together and talk with people and... you know, we all understand the pain everyone's going through.

The group's 8th annual Walk to Remember started at Oak Grove Park and meandered through downtown, ending at the Angel of Hope statue in Island Park.

The Hope Angel is meant to bring comfort to those grieving the loss of a child, but many say they found the most comfort surrounded by those with similar experiences.

Bailey: This is what I needed. It was somewhere where everybody got to talk about their kids and everyone was there to listen to us and support us and we didn't feel alone any more.

On October 4th families in mourning are invited to a candlelight Memorial Service at Island Park's Angel of Hope.

Catherine Ross

Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!

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