Help OC Walk to Remember Support Families

OC Walk to Remember relies on donations to help the thousands of Orange County families who have lost a baby or will lose a baby. We need your support to reach our 2013 fundraising goal.


Our campaign ends tomorrow, October 15, which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Thank you to those of you who are working so hard to raise funds in  memory of a baby or babies. The funds raised go directly to support families who have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, pregnancy loss and infant death. OC Walk to Remember supports 28 Orange County hospitals, Orange County support groups, and national pregnancy and infant loss organizations. To learn more about what OC Walk to Remember does in the community, watch this video.

Donations are used to:

  • Provide medical professionals with bereavement training, so they can help families through their loss. So far in  2013, OC Walk to Remember has educated 79 doctors, 130 nurses, and 270  medical office staff.
  • Purchase books for local hospitals, so as mothers recover from delivery or surgery they have a way to read about other women like them that have survived the heartache of loss.
  • Print informational brochures in English and Spanish, so families that have experienced the loss of a baby know where to turn for support once they leave the hospital.
  • Purchase memory boxes, so families can have something to hold in their empty arms. The only keepsake we will have of our baby is the box we receive in the hospital.
  • Provide cameras, photo printers, printer ink, photo paper and other supplies to local hospitals so parents will forever have photos of their baby or babies.
  • Provide iPods and docking stations so medical staff can provide music therapy to families going through a loss.
  • Provide Orange County support groups that help families grieving the loss of a baby with funds to: hold reunions, distribute books, give small gifts to parents who have lost a baby, and pay rent and other operating expenses.
  • Run the OC Walk to Remember Balancing Life & Loss: Parenting After Loss Group for families parenting a living child while grieving the loss of a baby.
  • Provide families who have lost a baby with small notebooks, which become keepsakes where they can write about their baby.
  • Run the OC Walk to Remember phone, email, and website, so parents seeking support always have a place to go. Requests for support are answered by a social worker.

The funds will also be used to support a brand new program we started this year in conjunction with UC Irvine Medical Center: The Perinatal Palliative Care Program. This program will provide care for families who are given a poor prenatal diagnosis, meaning the baby they are carrying will die at birth or shortly after birth. The program will provide counseling, spiritual support, pain management, coordination of care from all medical professionals involved in the pregnancy, and more. Families who receive the heart-breaking news about their unborn child with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions are faced with difficult choices and have many questions as well as emotional, social and spiritual needs. The program will guide the family through this traumatic experience of learning their baby is going to die. It is our hope to partner with many more hospitals to expand this program.


Your donation will change the life of families experiencing the loss of a baby.

We thank you so much for your support.

Kristyn von Rotz, Cofounder/Board of Directors
Elizabeth Pagliarini, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors
Catherine Steen, Board of Directors
Kari Poucher, Board of Directors
Kristy Cornell, Board of Directors
Ryan Farnsworth, Board of Directors
Kristin Cyprien, Executive Director

Today: Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria Fundraiser in Rancho Santa Margarita! Let’s Raise Some Dough!

When: Monday, August 26th – All day event from 11am-10pm

Where: Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria

30461 Avenida De Las Flores
Rancho Santa Margarita
(949) 709-8165

What: Dine in or take your order to go! Simply, print this flyer out and bring it with you in order for 20% of your total check benefit OC Walk to Remember!

So many food choices! Click here to see:

Selma’s Menu

Lunch Specials

Kid’s Menu

Gluten Free Menu

Catering Menu

Luncheon and Fundraising Auction Held at Anaheim White House on May 22nd, 2013

On May 22nd OC Walk to Remember hosted a Luncheon and Fundraising Auction at the beautiful Anaheim White House Restaurant.  Tickets to the luncheon sold out quickly and included a three-course meal as well as complimentary wine and valet parking.   All proceeds from the event benefitted OC Walk to Remember’s Community Outreach and Support Programs.

The 100 guests in attendance were welcomed by OC Walk to Remember Staff and provided with an OC Walk to Remember Tote Bag containing a bidder card and auction catalogue.  Guests were then able to enjoy an hour in the sunny courtyard silently bidding on over 40 incredible silent auction items and 10 additional premium items that professional auctioneer, Rick Werner, closed via a Mini Live Auction.  All items were generous donated and included: a week-long stay a Jepun Bali Villas, an astoundingly beautiful Balinese resort; a two-night stay, and two 60 min spa treatments, at the renowned Enchantment Resort & Mii Amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona; a swanky indoor/outdoor cabana for the day at the popular Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach; and a new Lexus for a weekend provided by Lexus of Mission Viejo.

Professional Auctioneer Rick Werner captivating the crowd as he closed the 10 Premium Auction Items via a Live Mini Auction.

From left to right: Elizabeth Myers, Barbara Myers and Nancy Barry enjoying time together during the silent auction.  Alison Baker and Barbara Myers were instrumental in helping OCWTR obtain countless items for the silent auction and Nancy Barry generously volunteered her time helping to wrap and organize the auctions items.

From left to right: Karen Fratzke, Jane Fietz, Steve Fietz, OCWTR Board of Directors member Kristy Cornell, and Steve Milakovich. Kristy and her guests attended the event in honor of her beloved daughter Olivia Beth Cornell.