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He's running to prevent stillbirths

RAISING FUNDS: Catherine and Graham Black with Rose, 2 and Sam, 1 (William, 7 was at school). Their daughter Julia was stillborn in 2007.
RAISING FUNDS: Catherine and Graham Black with Rose, 2 and Sam, 1 (William, 7 was at school). Their daughter Julia was stillborn in 2007. Rebecca Lollback

WOLLONGBAR mum Catherine Black says her husband, Graham, "doesn't like to talk about sad things, but he does love to run".

"So I figure that if he's going to all the effort to run in major events I should make the most of it," she said.

That's why Mr Black is planning to run in the Sydney City to Surf in August as a gold charity runner for the Stillbirth Foundation of Australia.

It is an organisation close to the couple's hearts.

Their baby girl, Julia, was stillborn in 2007.

"She would be five now," Mrs Black said.

"I was 36 weeks pregnant and perfectly healthy.

"The week before, an ultrasound had shown that Julia was growing well and on track for her birth in four weeks.

"The day after Mother's Day, however, I noticed that I hadn't felt her move.

"I called the doctor, who called me in immediately.

"He couldn't find a heartbeat, so I was sent to hospital, where an ultrasound revealed that our precious baby had died. There was never any reason for her death. An autopsy revealed nothing untoward.

"Nothing can express the shock and grief of losing a baby. Instead of bringing home a beautiful healthy baby girl, we brought home only our broken hearts and a feeling of utter emptiness and despair."

With three healthy children now - William, Rose and Samuel - life is busy for Mr and Mrs Black, but not a day passes when they don't think about baby Julia.

The Blacks are hoping to raise $2000 before Graham runs in the City to Surf and people can help by going to his Everyday Hero page at fundraise.city2surf.com.au/graham_black720.

Mrs Black is hosting a fundraising afternoon tea, Coffee With Conscience, at the Alstonville House Garden nursery on Wardell Rd on Sunday from 1.30pm.

For details email cablack75@gmail.com.



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