KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. It's a tragedy faced by more than a quarter of all moms and dads, and now there's a woman in Knoxville hoping to beef up support.
Lauren Lawson lost her baby in 2012 before she even knew she and her husband conceived.
"We'd been trying to get pregnant for a few years. So that on top of losing a baby, it was very difficult to process and get through those first few weeks," Lawson.
Lawson describes that time as tumultuous and says there were many dark days.
"Dealing with infertility and losing a child is probably one of the most painful things a woman can go through, and there's no fix," said Lawson.
She turned to the web to find support. She was able to connect to other moms through a personal blog. She also found a site dedicated to October 15th, a day set aside and nationally declared by Congress as "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day."
"I felt alone, and it broke my heart that there are women out there suffering who have nobody," said Lawson.
She took matters into her own hands, organizing a balloon release for friends, family and others who knew what it meant to lose a child, even one they've never held.
"In our faith, we just believe that there was a reason, and that God can use something that was so devastating for us for something good," said Lawson.
Lawson's balloon release will be at the fields at Adair Park next Tuesday, October 15th at noon. She invites everyone to bring a balloon and even write their child's name on it before it's released.