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Local organization brings infant loss awareness through free resources, 5K Run

Posted at 7:05 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 22:05:14-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — October marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance month to recognize the great pain that many parents experience when they lose a child in the early moments of their life.

The Noel Alexandria Foundation is an organization that has been created for mourning parents and was born out of grief, after Trinity Brown lost her daughter and saw a need to create services for Kern County.

"We are just thankful that we can offer something like this to the families," said Brown.

Expecting mother Brown and family were excited to bring her daughter Noel Alexandria into the world. Soon everything changed on October 14th, 2017 when she gave birth to her stillborn daughter.

"All babies that pass away are considered angel babies so I got a wing in honor of her and her father has the other wing," Brown said.

Brown says not a day goes by where she doesn’t think of her daughter and soon created the Noel Alexandria Foundation for other parents who are suffering in silence.

"We currently offer free educational services, emotional support services which consist of a support group and individual one-on-one therapy," Brown said. "We provide financial assistance to families that don’t have the means to bury their infant."

It has been three months since Brown has partnered with Kern Medical, San Joaquin, and Memorial Hospital to assist parents in experiencing such a loss.

"We have comfort kits that consist of angel teddy bears, chapstick, Kleenex and just sentimental items during their time of loss," Brown said. "When you are taken out of the hospital and leaving your baby behind it's something that families can hold on to."

Since the creation of the organization last year they have helped over a dozen families and offer their support group called Silent Cry every Thursday.

On Saturday they are hosting their Running with the Angels Annual 5K Walk and Run where all profits go to funding their services.

"If you cant do the 5K Run and Walk please come out and we will have a free carnival and resource fairs," Brown said.

"Also we will be honoring all angel babies so anyone who has lost a child we will honor them by reading their names during the event and we will do a butterfly release for all babies. "

The Running with the Angels 5K begins Saturday at 8 a.m. at CSUB. For more information on the event and how to sign up be sure to follow this link.