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Sandy walk/run to honor families who've lost children changes format because of gathering restrictions

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - All families whove lost a child are welcome to participate in the Noahs Quest 5K in their own communities and neighborhoods.

Nearly 14 years ago, city of Sandy events coordinator Carol Cohen lost her baby, Noah. Ever since, Cohen has hosted a yearly 5K walk and run in his memory, and to honor parents who, likewise, have lost children.

In what are globally hard times, Cohen has no plans to cancel the event dubbed Noah's Quest. Instead the race is going virtual.

On Saturday, June 27, Cohen welcomes all families who've lost a child to participate in a 5K in their own communities and neighborhoods. This year there won't be swag bags, and fees will be by donation only.

All donations go to Brief Encounters, a Portland-based organization that provides resources and grief counseling for those who've experienced the loss of a child.

There will be an opening ceremony for the 5K via Zoom at 10 a.m. that morning, including speeches by Pat Schwiebert and Brief Encounters parents and the naming of each child represented at the virtual event.

Those who would like to have their child named should send in their information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, June 26.

If you forget, you're welcome to enter their name into the messenger area of the Zoom call for recognition.

"I think this is our 14th year doing Noah's Quest and we've never missed a year," Cohen said.

Cohen has set an overall goal of the event racking up 365 miles cumulatively this year.

"We think of our babies 365 days a year, so hopefully we can come up with that many miles," Cohen said.

Clackamas County Bank, EverFresh Fruit Co. and Hoodview Disposal have already donated to the event, as usual, and have given Cohen permission to hold onto those funds to use for next year's event.

"I know people look forward to doing this every year and something like this can be done on our own but also together via Zoom," Cohen said. "It'll be hard because we won't have the camaraderie of the race, but those who participate are still making a donation to something that's meaningful."

Donations and registration can be completed online at www.briefencounters.org/noahs-quest.

To participate in the opening ceremony, visit zoom.us/j/96301326828 and use the meeting ID: 963 0132 6828.

For more information, visit the website or contact Carol Cohen at 503-668-5569 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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