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Saturday marks the first Walk to Remember event for Central Georgia. The walk gathers families, friends, and supporters who are remembering loved ones who passed too soon.

13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo spoke to two parents who plan to walk this Saturday, who know the feeling of loss all too well.

"You're not alone and don't try to go through it alone, let others help." That's Melva Sullivent's advice for anyone going through what she and her husband James experienced three years ago.


In March 2011, the Sullivents lost their two daughters, Bridget and Leslie, in a car accident.

She says, "When the accident first happened we were just lost. You don't even know how to go on, you feel so alone, and being with others who have experienced something similar, you learn how to get up that next day, you learn how to go on and live."

But now, Melva says their grieving has turned into helping others, one of the main reasons they will walk on Saturday.

She says, "Now we're no longer there seeking answers for ourselves, but we're able to help others that are new at being bereaved and it's something you never want anyone to have to experience but certainly you know how rough it is, and you want to be there for others when they have to experience something like that."

Chapter leader in the Middle Georgia branch of Compassionate Friends, Karla Chidester is walking on Saturday for her first born son Mickey, she says it's important for people to be willing to talk about their loss.

Chidester says, "They can actually reach out to someone else who may have just experienced the exact same loss that they have."

James says, "You just wanna talk, or sometimes you don't wanna say nothing, but you want somebody there to understand and just sit and listen."

Melva, James, and Karla say they are ready to listen on Saturday to anyone who needs a sympathetic ear.

The Walk to Remember happens Saturday at North Peach Park in Byron starting at 10 am. The registration fee is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Proceeds go toward The Compassionate Friends of Middle Georgia, a group that provides personal comfort, hope, and support to anyone experiencing a loss.


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