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Walk/run event shows support for those who've lost a child, raises funds for Brief Encounters

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Noah's Quest 5K will take place for the 17th year on June 25. Though Noah Cohen never got a chance to give back to the community of Sandy, this will be the 17th year that his mother, city events coordinator Carol Cohen, has hosted the Noah's Quest 5K.

Noah was stillborn, but Cohen's loss and despair have since become a catalyst for an annual fundraiser and community gathering for parents who have lost children.

Eighteen new bricks will be added to the walkway at Sandy Bluff Park, 36801 Goldenrain St., where the run/walk will take place Saturday, June 25. This year's event includes a kiddie run, 10K and 5K runs and a 5K walk.

There also will be a special song performed by Naomi Laviolette during the opening ceremony.

All proceeds from the festivities will benefit Brief Encounters, a Portland-based nonprofit organization specializing in support for families coping with the loss of a child, and a representative from the group will give a presentation.

Healthy snacks and refreshments donated by Starbucks, Grocery Outlet and Hoodland Thriftway will be available for participants.

There will be the usual bricks for sale, which can be purchased, engraved and placed in the walkway at the park to commemorate the children participants have lost and wish to honor.

There also will be quotes from parents and babies' names staked along the route. Those who'd like to have a name placed can submit them with their registration before 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23.

Registration is available at the event or online at tinyurl.com/ycknb289 or by calling 503-668-5569 by noon Friday, June 24.

Registration on Saturday starts at 8 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. The 1K Kiddie Run starts at 9 a.m., followed by the 10k Run at 9:15 a.m., the 5K Walk at 9:20 a.m. and the 5K run 9:40 a.m. Participation costs $30 before June 25 and $40 on the day of the event. Children can participate in the kiddie run for $5.

For more information, visit cityofsandy.com.


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