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Just learning about Hope & Hearts? Here is a little about how the first event got started and what it is all about...
The first Hope & Hearts Run/Walk was held in Minnesota in 2006. April and Dan Wurst and Candy and Steve McVicar founded Hope & Hearts Run and began hosting the event in honor of their daughters, Kaila and Grace, who were both stillborn due to cord issues at 38 and 33 weeks gestation respectively. Proceeds from all Hope & Hearts Run/Walks benefit the Missing GRACE Foundation which provides support and resources nationally to aid individuals as they Grieve, Restore, Arise, Commemorate and Educate. The mission of Missing GRACE Foundation is to provide resources and support to families who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss, infertility or adoption challenges and to advocate for proper management of pregnancies for all women.

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The banner of a Hope & Hearts event is "Raising Awareness About Pregnancy Loss & Supporting Stillbirth Prevention." The first event, more than 150 people participated and over $13,000 was raised, in the 4th year, more than 1000 people joined to run and walk and raised over $80,000.

Would you like to create an event in honor of your baby that will help provide resources and support for families who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss, and will fund programs that prevent further loss for others? We invite you to partner with Missing GRACE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, to create a Hope & Hearts event in your area! Hope & Hearts is about hope for the future through education and research and supporting the hearts of families who have lost to move forward. Help make a difference and join us as we...Run. Walk. Give Families Hope!

Currently, our Hope & Hearts benefit events are in two states and are 5K running/ memorial walking events. We are looking to grow Hope & Hearts Run/Walk events into many other states as well as to offer additional kinds of Hope & Hearts events such as golf, bike marathons and the like. Please contact Missing GRACE at to discuss your ideas and our opportunities for facilitating a Hope & Hearts event in your community.