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Run provides support, outlet for those who grieve
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MADDIE WESTBROEK (left) and her mother, Carol Westbroek, cross the finish line after completing the the Race for Grief in West Bountiful. Participants ran to honor family members who had died.                                                       Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
MADDIE WESTBROEK (left) and her mother, Carol Westbroek, cross the finish line after completing the the Race for Grief in West Bountiful. Participants ran to honor family members who had died. Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
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BY LOUISE R. SHAW

Clipper Staff Writer

 

WEST BOUNTIFUL – For some families, their loss happened years ago, for others, just last month.

For some, it was a child that died, for others, a father or grandfather, a niece or a nephew.

Participants in “Race for Grief” last Saturday ran either a 10K or took a two-mile walk to remember family members who had died.

“This is to help those who are grieving,” said organizer Lora Erickson, who lost a child 14 years ago. Her daughter, Samantha, lived only five hours after her birth. 

Posters lined the park, memorializing children with hearts, flowers and messages.

Families wore matching T-shirts to remember those who had died.

“When you have lost someone, you never forget them,” Erickson wrote on her website. “This is a day to honor their memory and come together to celebrate their life, no matter how long.”

Funds raised by the run, which involved approximately 250 people in its third year this year, will be donated to Caring Connections, an organization that offers counseling services for people who are grieving, and to Utah Share, a volunteer organization to help parents who have lost children during preganancy or in infancy.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Callee Cloward, of those who were running, walking and cheering. “It’s good to have so much support.”

Cloward’s baby daughter, Kamdyn, was only five weeks old when she died four years ago.

Red T-shirts decorated with a large KC were worn by family members supporting Cloward, her husband and their three children.

“I just didn’t imagine how many people there are who have felt what we have felt to lose a child,” she said.

Next year’s run will take place on Memorial Day, May 26, and also include a 5K, according to Erickson, who also goes by the moniker Blonde Runner.

The runs begin and end at West Bountiful Park, 550 W. Pages Lane.

More information can be found at blonderunner.com.

lshaw@davisclipper.com

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