Walking Forward Together is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in South Central Pennsylvania — Lancaster. We are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for women and their families who have suffered a pregnancy, fetal, or neonatal loss — working, building, supporting each other to find hope, peace and acceptance.
Our charity had an incredible, fulfilling kick-off event on July 8, 2017 — in order to raise awareness & funds to help our cause grow. The crowd was diverse and generous, truly a community of caring people.
From a sumptuous menu, engaging silent auction, swag bags, crowd-pleasing DJ and outdoor amenities that included the best bathrooms on the planet (click here to see), to the outpouring of sponsors and the dedicated support staff of constables, fire police and volunteers, our first annual kick off was a do-not-miss event.
We will be updating our Web site and sending regular newsletters to our supporters to keep everyone informed. We thank you for your continuing support, and for helping us to build our community.
By popular request for those who could not attend the kick-off event, we had reopened the silent auction. Bidding concluded, Sunday, July 16, 2017 (11:59 p.m.).
We would like to thank the many generous people and businesses who donated unique items & services for this spirited auction. We would also like to thank the stalwart bidders who made the auction an enjoyable & friendly time.
We are excited to announce & congratulate our six winners from the silent auction. To everyone who bid, who donated and who supported us during our inaugural event, we thank you. Your charitable donations will continue to support our nonprofit efforts to build the Walking Forward Together Sanctuary.
My journey started more than 25 years ago, when I decided that I wanted to specialize in women's health, and specifically help those women during pregnancy. I never dreamed that my road would lead me to here. Perhaps though, all roads were preparing me this way.
I was trained as an obstetrician-gynecologist and decided that I wanted to concentrate on women with high risk pregnancies. A pregnancy is considered high risk if any part of it is high risk: the fetus, the pregnancy or the woman. This can range from a baby that is abnormal with a genetic or a structural problem or even twins, problem with the uterus or any part of the pregnancy, or problem with the mother such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high BMI, or age or just smoking cigarettes.
Another part of my job is to perform and interpret genetic and diagnostic testing. I can tell you to a very high probablity that your baby may have a genetic or anatomical problem. I perform the ultrasounds that look at your baby — head to toe. I tell you the baby's sex for the reveal parties. I watch your baby grow while in utero. I am who your doctor calls with questions, who wants to make sure if you are OK, and if there is an emergency.
I also tell you when your baby has died or has a problem.
No one wants to be a part of this club. I became a part of this club 7 years ago. We never dreamed that we would become members. I was a doctor. I did all the testing available to me. And all testing was good, without abnormalities. I already had 2 wonderful boys.
I have journeyed a long way to get here and have done a lot of it alone and in the dark. It is lonely, doing it all by yourself. I am still on this path looking to provide a way to cope, support, and find hope and acceptance. We all travel alone. My goal is travel together, walking together, bringing it all into the light.
I love my guys.
Jamie looked like his two older brothers as we got to hold him after he passed that day. I will never forget losing my little guy.
My goal is to establish a sanctuary in Lancaster where mothers and their families can grieve with or without support from our staff — a place where they can say, "I miss you."
"I had a plan. I have a playdate. I have a place in a school..."
A place where families can get away from the neighborhood, the grocery store, the church...anywhere they would be reminded of the expectation of a productive, healthy pregnancy...a place where they will not be asked how they are doing — a sanctuary.