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Noah's Quest offers support to those who have lost a child posted on 06/01/2021

Saturday, June 26 will mark the 16th annual Noah’s Quest, a walk/run event for everyone who has lost a child or the hope of a child, and for those who care. The event is a personal one for its organizer, Carol Cohen, who lost her son Noah as a stillborn in 2005.

“Every year it's hard for me, I get very emotional,” Cohen said. “I always have a hard time talking.”

But Cohen, who now has two daughters, also noted that the event serves as a reunion of sorts, bringing together people who have shared the experience of losing a child, while also welcoming those whose loss is more recent and are looking for support.

“I feel good to continue doing this every year because I know it helps people,” Cohen said. “We meet new people and then there’s a bond.

“When people come up to me and just thank me for an event like this, it’s overwhelming,” she added. “It's unfortunate that we have to do an event like this. It’s hard to see new people.”

The event will offer a five- or ten-kilometer walk and run, along with a one-kilometer kid’s run at Sandy Bluff Park, 36910 Goldenrain St. Packet pick up will happen at 8 a.m. and an opening ceremony will be held at 8:45 a.m.

Participants are highly encouraged to pre-register by Thursday, June 24 at 503-668-5569 or online at www.cityofsandy.com. Early registration is $30 ($5 for the kid’s run), while registration on race day is $40. Kids ages 6 and under can run free, unless they run in the kid’s run.

The event will also feature a raffle and guest speaker Pat Schweibert, a registered nurse who has co-founded a number of support groups (including Brief Encounters) and written several books, at 11 a.m.

Participants can also request to have their baby’s name on a sign in the racecourse. The deadline for a submission is 2 p.m. Thursday, June 24.

The event, which was held virtually last year, will adhere to COVID safety guidelines, which may include masks during part or all of the walk/run. It will take place rain or shine, but it may be canceled in extreme weather. In the event of cancellation, entry fees will be used as a donation to Brief Encounters support group.

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, please visit www.cityofsandy.com or call 503-668-5569.

By Garth Guibord/MT





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