Other runs that have influenced us
In 2016, the 1st Butterfly Run, Butterfly Run Quinte, was held in Belleville, Ontario.
Barb Matteucci is a birth doula who supported the other two Butterfly Run founding members, Beth Primeau and Loralee McInroy during their pregnancies and births. Barb was present during the birth of Beth’s daughter, Charlie, who unexpectedly died during labour. She also supported Loralee during the births of her three children including Angel, who was born at 22 weeks. In November 2015, Barb was happily expecting her 2nd child when she sadly lost Baby Bean at 10 weeks. The loss of Baby Bean, Angel, and Charlie had a profound effect on Barb.
Barb connected Beth and Loralee as a support for one another. From there they spoke about how they may be able to improve the experience for other parents. From here the Butterfly Run began.
The 1st Butterfly Run Quinte in 2016 was a huge success, raising over $75,000 for Quinte Health Care. The 2nd Butterfly Run Quinte occurred on Sunday 7 May 2017 and raised over $100,000 for Quinte Health Care.
The 1st annual Butterfly Run Peterborough occurred on Sunday April 30, 2017.
For more information, please see www.ptbobutterflyrun.com
The Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau
In 2017, the first Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau was held in Ottawa.
Following the loss of their son Aaron, Rachel Samulack submitted Aaron’s story and saw a post on the PAIL Facebook page about The Butterfly Run in Quinte. Rachel and Rob Samulack contacted Barb, Loralee, and Beth to see if they could use the name "The Butterfly Run in Ottawa/Gatineau." Butterfly Run Quinte agreed and provided the advice and support that Rachel and Rob needed to get their event planning started.
The 1st annual Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau happened on Saturday October 14th, 2017.
There were approximately 500 people who participated in the Run and over $30,000 was raised for pregnancy and infant loss programs Roger Neilson House.
For more information, please see: www.butterflyrunottawa.ca