Bryan/College Station Butterfly Release FAQ


In 1988, former President Ronald Reagan declared the month of October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. To commemorate this declaration, we will host a Butterfly Release in the Barbara Bush Rose Garden on the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.  We hope you will make plans to join us as we remember our babies.


Is there a fee to participate in the Butterfly Release?

No. M.E.N.D. is proud to offer all of our services and ceremonies at no cost to the families that participate.  Donations are accepted and appreciated at any time throughout the year.  

Can family members and friends come with me?

Absolutely. Children are welcome too, but we highly recommend that babies and toddlers are in strollers.  Please only register for the number of people old enough to sit in their own seat and have their own balloon(s).  

What if I have registered for the Butterfly Release and the number of people I registered as attending has changed — or I am now unable to attend?

Please do not register again. Instead, please contact Jennie Drude to report your updated information..

What do I bring to display on the Memory Table?

We have tables set up for you to display items in honor of your baby.  Families bring photos, shadow boxes, stuffed animals, scrapbooks, etc. to set up on the tables and share with others.  We offer small cards you can fill out to tell others your baby’s name, DOB/DOD, and write a little note of love.  Bringing items for the Memory Tables is optional and there is no cost to display items.  Please be sure to claim your items at the conclusion of the ceremony. 


How can I order a brick to be placed in the M.E.N.D. Garden of Hope?

The M.E.N.D. Garden of Hope was dedicate in October 2016 and is located in Irving, TX.  You DO NOT have to live in Texas to have a brick in the Garden, however, 2018 brick orders are now closed.  Bricks in the Garden of Hope are installed once a year just before the DFW Walk to Remember each October.  If you are interested in ordering a brick, you can place your order on our webpage under Garden of Hope.  2019 brick orders will be open from October 6, 2019 through July 15, 2019.  Bricks ordered during that time will be installed prior to the 2019 Walk to Remember.  

Additional Questions?

Please contact Jennie Drude

PHOTOGRAPHY NOTICE:  Please be aware that professional photographers will be onsite during the ceremony and that your photo, if taken, could be used in M.E.N.D. marketing materials.  No compensation will be given to individuals whose photos are used.