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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

You can ask just about any parent and they'd probably tell you their child is one of their most precious gifts.

Christine Grothe says she's a mother of 6, two children here on earth, three miscarried, and one stillborn.

"My daughter Nora died. I was 37 weeks pregnant and she was stillborn," said Grothe who is also a hope mentor. "I didn't have a lot of extended family to support me because they didn't understand."

It was in June 2001 Grothe says her family became devastated by her loss, forcing total abandonment.

"I was lost. It no longer belongs hidden, we need to come out and share our children," said Grothe.

She was one of dozens walking Saturday as part of the 4th Annual Kindness Walk hosted by the MISS Foundation.

The non-profit group aims to support families and communities before, during, and after the death of a child.

Each family walked the trails of City Park carrying a card, one that honors the life of a child gone too soon.

"We chose to walk because our children aren't here to walk with us, so we walk for them," said volunteer coordinator Jennifer Correll. "Even if you haven't lost a child you still possibly know somebody that has and you don't know what to do yourself, and this is a great way to show your support."

The walk ended at Angel of Hope statue where family members and loved one planted the cards.

"You learn how to parent a child that has died," said Grothe. "That way I can return all the love that was given to me; I can show to other bereaved parents."

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