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Candlelight vigil will honor stillborns

Published: Tue, October 13, 2009 @ 8:50 a.m.

CANFIELD — Sherri Horvat realized her worst nightmare this past April.

During a routine prenatal ultrasound, the nurse told Horvat there wasn’t any movement. Horvat’s child, Gianna, was stillborn.

With support from her friends, family and peers, Horvat and her husband, Gregg, have been able to cope with the tragedy. But the experience has made the couple even more sensitive to the subject of miscarriages and stillbirths.

Horvat now focuses her energy on rasing awareness on the subject and aiding others in similar situations. She created the Web site www.giannaslight.org in remembrance of her daughter.

Thursday is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which honors the memories of those children miscarried or stillborn.

Locals are welcome to join others worldwide in celebrating the day by lighting a candle at 7 p.m. in all time zones Thursday. Horvat will host such an event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Canfield Green, located at U.S. Route 224 and state Route 46.

Candles will be provided and will be lit at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the nationwide Wave of Light. Refreshments also will be served.

Those interested are asked to pre-register on the Web site or e-mail Horvat at sherri@giannaslight.org to ensure enough supplies.


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