In the third annual Butterfly, Run Quinte held on May 6, $119,810 was brought in for the Belleville General Hospital’s Child Bereavement fund.
The Butterfly Girls — Barb Matteucci, Loralee McInroy and Beth Primeau — presented a cheque, worth $119,810, to the Belleville General Hospital in a presentation Thursday.
“We are honored that the Butterfly Girls have continued their commitment to families in our region who experience pregnancy and infant loss,” said Belleville General Hospital Foundation director Mark Philbin.
“With their help, we are able to significantly improve patient care at Belleville General Hospital.”
Matteucci, McInroy, and Primeau set a base to The Butterfly Run in 2016 to break the silence surrounding the subject of pregnancy and infant loss, and to provide love, support, and care to families that have suffered similar losses to their own.
“I think, for people, it’s knowing that you’re not alone, knowing that there are other people out there who have experienced the same thing, and knowing that there is support,” said Matteucci.
“Most often when it happens, it’s a feeling of isolation and confusion.”
“When I lost my daughter, Angel, I felt very isolated and alone,” said McInroy. “I didn’t know anyone else had gone through a loss and a similar situation happened to Beth… and it’s not talked about, it’s a very taboo subject.
“We wanted to break the silence, get everybody talking, and support each other through the event, because it is a very devastating event to lose a child, and it’s nice to be able to bring these families together and honour their losses, whether it be last week, last month or years ago, and know that it is okay to talk about the babies that aren’t with us anymore.”,
The Butterfly Run Quinte has been widely successful, since its creation in 2016, raising more than $303,000 for Belleville General Hospital Foundation’s Child Bereavement Fund.
This campaign brings a revolution as more than 1,000 people came out in support of the Butterfly Run this year at Zwicks Park.
The money from these funds and donation will be used by the hospital to purchase bereavement kits and equipment for the maternity unit at Belleville General Hospital.
In the past, funding has helped to get Cuddle Cot, baby ventilator, labor and delivery lights, and staff training.
“Being able to provide specialized supports for families who are dealing with pregnancy or infant loss is what compassionate care is all about,”-said Linda Price, maternal child program director at Quinte Health Care.
“All of us, including the maternal child program and emergency departments, are grateful for the chance to improve care for grieving patients and their families.”
“Everything takes money, unfortunately,” said Peter Knudsen of Belleville General Hospital Foundation. “We are almost overwhelmed that this small group of ladies, out of a tragic situation, would come some good that they are passing on to future people coming through or to the hospital.”
The Butterfly Run is usually held during the first weekend in May, an annual event since 2016.