Marcquis “Heppy” Hepburn – Riding with Isaiah
21Days to go
The 2020 ride will be my second (of hopefully many) Sydney to CAMberra rides. Our beautiful son, Isaiah James, was stillborn 3 years ago, and not a day goes by that I don’t wish he were here. Stillbirth is an intensely painful and often very private type of grief to walk through, and sadly, one that is a lot more common than people realise. Even now, six babies are stillborn in Australia a day- six families who have their lives shattered. Until we went through it ourselves, we didn’t realise how many others have walked a similar journey, nor did we comprehend the depth of their loss.
This ride is so much more than just a challenging cycling trek (for the legs and the “saddle”!) from NSW to the ACT to raise money- it is the opportunity to meet other parents, families and loved ones who have been impacted by the pain of stillbirth, SIDS or infant loss; to talk about and celebrate through grief, the little lives who will never be forgotten.
It is a chance to show support; to come alongside and to raise awareness and funds for incredible charities like the Stillbirth Foundation and Red Nose as they tackle the statistics head on. These are the frontline charities making a real difference- providing research, training, support, awareness, and legislative change to reduce the number of children and babies lost.
And most importantly, it is my opportunity to remember my son, and the way that his life has changed mine forever.