A special “Making Memories Day” was held Saturday for area families who have lost children or who have children facing a terminal diagnosis along with their friends and supporters.
The event is held the first Saturday of June for families who have been recipients of services from On Angels’ Wings, an organization that provides free professional photos of families who have children with a terminal diagnosis between maternity to 18 years old. The organization works with families facing childhood cancer, heart conditions, genetic disorders and more.
The event was also open to the public for a small fee.
The Day began with a gathering of families involved with OAW for a butterfly release in honor of the children who have passed and those who are still fighting their diseases.
“We knew before our daughter was born that she wouldn’t be with us very long,” Carrie Tuttle told OI. “We had moms [from On Angels’ Wings] surround us because they knew it was going to be hard. To have moms, and other workers, say ‘we’ve walked this road, we’re going to walk it with you’, it’s so much nicer to walk that road with someone rather than having to walk it by yourself.”
“It’s nice to have a community of people that say ‘we’ve been there and we want to help you through it.'”
After the ceremony, the carnival featured a variety of family-oriented games, food and other surprises. One of the surprises was a performance from the Central High School Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps. Another surprise was attendance by a group of Disney princesses and several superheros, including Batman, Thor, Captain America, and Wonder Woman.
OAW also helps provide counseling and other services to the families beyond the photography aimed at allowing the family to maintain memories of their loved one.
You can find more information about On Angels’ Wings on their website.
Here are some photos from today’s event: