All proceeds from the Annual Baby Steps Memorial Run benefit The Amelia Center in Birmingham, Alabama.  The Amelia Center is a non-profit program of Children's Hospital which has served as a place of hope for grieving children, parents and families since July 1997.  The center offers grief counseling to parents and grandparents who have lost a child and also to children who has lost loved ones.  The center operates by donations and continued support from our community members. Programs like The Amelia Center are vital to many people here locally and in our neighboring communities.  For more information on The Amelia Center visit We have chosen to support this program as parents who have suffered the loss of our children. 

Amazed by the support received after the first Baby Steps Memorial Run in 2009, we decided to make this an annual event.  Over the past six years the Baby Steps Memorial Run has raised over $100,000 for The Amelia Center. 


Pre-register to make sure we create a  "WE REMEMBER THEM" signs to honor your loved one. We reuse these signs each year so we ask that you please do not take signs with you from the run.  You are welcome to take pictures!

in loving memory


Braden Lee Nicholas


Brody Lee Nicholas

April 12, 2008


Maddox Elise Hodge

February 19, 2009




The Race Directors provide hope and encouragement to all participants who are grieving the loss of their loved one!  They are here to support you and your family as you take "Baby Steps" through the grief process.

You will be able to connect to other families at the event who have lost their child, grandchild, sibling, mother or father.  Building a bond with someone who understands where you are coming from is a very important step in the grief process. 



The Baby Steps Memorial Run is a day for everyone to CELEBRATE the lives of our loved ones who have passed. 








Register by 7/31 to guarantee FREE Admission into the park, a race shirt and your memorial name included on the race shirt and signs!

Race Day packet pick-up and same day registration begins at 7am

5K begins at 8am

1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15

Awards and balloon release to follow the run 

We did not have the opportunity to raise our children, but we still hold them in our hearts each day.  We founded and organize the Baby Steps Memorial Run in their honor each year!

September 30, 2017

2017 RACE DAY: 

5k and 1 mile memorial run

benefiting The Amelia Center at Children's of Alabama

Meet the Baby Steps Memorial Run Founders and Race Directors

Are you interested in joining the 2017 Baby Steps Memorial Run Race Committee?  I am very excited about this new direction for the memorial run!   The Baby Steps Memorial Run was founded by the Nicholas and Hodge families in 2009 after both of our families lost children. We decided to start the run to benefit The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama each year as a way to show thanks for the services provided by the center to us after our loss. Each year we continue to grow the 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run with an average of over 500 participants.  These participants include families who have had a significant loss of a loved one (regardless of age) as well as friends and community members who are there to support those families and The Amelia Center.  For more information about the Baby Steps Memorial Run visit

 Joining the committee is a great healing opportunity for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  The founders of the run have received healing from organizing the run and would like to pass this opportunity on to those who are in need!  Email to receive an application for the race committee.  Deadline for submission is October 15, 2016.