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9/18/2019 10:03:00 AM
HSHS St. Mary's holding Share Walk and service
Walk and service commemorate lives of babies who have died

Decatur — HSHS St. Mary's Hospital's 2019 Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope will be held Saturday, October 12 with registration as well as other activities starting at 9 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m. from Nelson Park Pavilion #2.

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Prevention Month. The hospital's yearly Share Walk and memorial service commemorate the lives of babies lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. The walk along the lake shore will include a memorial service to remember our babies (each child's name will be read), and also to celebrate each life, no matter how long or short.

"As we walk together, we keep memories alive and offer support to one another. Whether a recent loss, or one that occurred several years ago, we encourage parents and loved ones to walk the steps our babies will never take," said Karla Thornton, spiritual care minister at St. Mary's Hospital.

To allow time for the entire list of babies' names to be printed in the memorial program and guarantee a t-shirt, registration forms must be returned by September 26.

For more information, call 217-464-2045 or visit

About HSHS St. Mary's Hospital
Founded in 1878 by three Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital is a 230-bed, all private room health care facility that combines modern technology with the caring spirit of the original founders.. St. Mary's is situated on an attractive 21-acre campus overlooking Lake Decatur and offers a broad spectrum of comprehensive health services, including the latest diagnostic equipment, interventional cardiology, surgical and medical intervention, emergency medical care, outpatient radiation therapy, pain management and a sleep center. St. Mary's also offers a wide range of community education and wellness programs. The hospital also has both a unique intergenerational day services program and the community's only provider of hospital-based behavioral health services for all ages. Learn more by visiting
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System's (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ's healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O'Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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