KCK Citywide Vigil for Remembrance Day

project-hope_headerHealthy Communities Wyandotte will host a candlelight vigil and balloon release at Huron Park located between 6thand 7th on Ann Avenue in Downtown KCK on Monday, October 10th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. In partnership with Project HOPE, the purpose of this event is to raise awareness of pregnancy and infant loss in Wyandotte County. Wyandotte County has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the state being one of three counties where infant deaths exceeded triple digits between the combined years of 2009 and 2013 according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. With these devastating statistics, we see an urgent need to help reverse the trend.

"The death rate among our babies is unacceptable," said Mayor Mark Holland of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.

This event will help give mothers and other loved ones the sense of support and belonging that Wyandotte County has to offer in the time of need. The goal is to be able to help connect those that have experienced a loss with available resources. The events of the night will consist of registration, decorating bags in remembrance of an angel baby, and other special tributes of music, poetry, and prayer. Candles and warm drinks will be provided.

Additional partnering agencies include the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Healthy Communities Wyandotte, and My Angel Lives. For more information, contact Jennifer Allen-Caudle from the Wyandotte County health Department at 913-573-6759.