Tiny Footprints started in 2016 when a committee was formed to create and plan a beautiful night. This courageous and hard working group of women are those who have been touched by pregnancy and/or infant loss. Our primary fundraising event is the annual Tiny Footprints Gala. It is a special night to recognize and honour those brief lives lost that have left lasting impressions.
Tiny Footprints is addressing a need in our Calgary community that impacts many families – pregnancy and infant loss. Their mission is to increase awareness and create a supportive community so that every family knows they are not alone, and has access to quality support services while suffering from pregnancy and infant loss.
Approximately one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, therefore pregnancy or infant loss has likely impacted your family or someone you know. Even though it is such a common occurrence, traditionally families have suffered in silence with no resources to turn to. Tiny Footprints raises awareness and promotes conversations of loss to reduce the stigma surrounding pregnancy and infant loss. They also raise funds that sustain and enhance the programs in Calgary for parents and families that have faced the tragedy of pregnancy and/or infant loss.
Over the past four years, this event has raised significant funds in support of care for women and their families going through a very difficult and heart-breaking experience. Proceeds have most recently contributed to the opening of a redeveloped centre for Pregnancy and Infant Loss at Foothills Medical Centre.
Funds raised benefit programs throughout Calgary at Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, South Health Campus, in many community health programs and 12 Carewest care centres throughout our community. We, as a collective, want to continue to support these programs in order to navigate and to heal through these losses together.
Kristina Oriold's loss of her twin daughter Riley has been her personal inspiration behind the creation of the event. She's passionate to help others find support. She is a registered nurse who seeks to bring the goals and values of Tiny footprints into her role in the health care system.
Jen Woods stood by her best friend through such heartache and was immediately on board with the gala. She is a certified event planner and enjoys being part of such a special cause and event. The efforts of the committee are awe inspiring and also create so many incredible moments and memories.
“Let me fall if I must fall. The one I become will catch me”
— Sheryl Sandberg