Angel Walk


By Joyce Ervin

Ike and Ella Fund is a 501C charity that provides financial support assisting parents who experience the loss of a child with funeral expenses.  The organization recently held a walk beginning at the Church of Christ on Church Street in Milan.
Approximately 300 participants joined the walk of two and one-half miles to the Marble Park Cemetery and then returned to the church for a balloon release and a prayer followed by a potluck luncheon.
Spokesman Cory Willet, said this was the 9th annual walk and the largest fundraiser for the year.  The proceeds are used for funerals, cremations and headstones.  There was no charge to join the walk, that is designed to bring awareness to the organization’s goals.
The organization helps parents with funeral needs up to $750 for children lost from conception through age 12. The organization was founded in 2011 in honor of Willet’s son, Isaac Willett, and their friend’s daughter, Ella Reinemeyer, both of whom lost children. Their stories of loss are posted on the organization’s website.
Willet said, 100 percent of all donations goes to the needs of parents with no administration fees taken.  Since its inception, the organization has branched out to Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.  He said, “To date, we have helped 282 families.”
One such family, Samantha and Brady Hubbell, attending the walk was helped by the organization, when they lost their son, Kane, in 2017. Joining them were their children Zella, 11, and Gavin, 8, and the family dog Titan. 
They traveled to Milan from their home south of Hillsdale.  Brady said, “This is our third year to walk.”
They lost Kane with a seizure disorder at 21-months after finding him unresponsive one morning. The couple said they were supported emotionally, as well as financially. 
Another participant, Sarah Scadding of Milan said she lived in the neighborhood and was expecting a child at the same time that the Reinemeyer family expected their child.  She joined the walk after the passing of Ella.  She said, “I come to support the families with the goal of hope of eternal life through Jesus.”
The goal of the organization is to help people feel loved and not alone offering emotional, financial, and spiritual hope, as they believe these children are in heaven and their parents will see them again.
To read Ike and Ella’s stories or to donate visit their website at www.ikeandellafund.org, or visit their Facebook page for more information.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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