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Noah's Quest honors memories of lost children

Sandy event ends in unveiling of memorial walkway


As a way of helping the community after great loss, parents and family of children who have died are gathering in Sandy to raise awareness and support each other.

The ninth Noah’s Quest benefit run is Saturday, June 28, at Sandy Bluff Park, 36801 Goldenrain St. in Sandy.

Launched by Carol Cohen, city events coordinator, the event is a run to bring together everyone who has lost a child or the hope of a child and those who support them.

“For the parents that lose kids, a way of directing their grief is to think of a way to help others, like I did with the event,” said Cohen who began Noah’s Quest after losing a child.

A table will be set up for children to make Love Rocks in honor of two Forest Grove girls that were killed in a hit-and-run last October. Another parent will hand out teddy bears as a way of remembering her loss.

Noah’s Quest benefits Brief Encounters, a Portland nonprofit group that provides support for parents whose children have died before, during or after their birth.

Pat Schwiebert, co-founder of Brief Encounters, will speak at the event.

Following the run, the Noah’s Quest memorial walkway will be unveiled. Earlier this year, Cohen asked for orders to have memorial bricks engraved for the walkway.

Engravings on the bricks are in honor or in memory of missed and loved children.

Cohen said more than 120 bricks were engraved to pave the walkway.

Although she said the path is still being built, Cohen assured the walkway, which will connect the play structure path to one farther into the park, will be completed by Saturday.

Because she received a lot of interest after the deadline to order bricks, Cohen said she will have a table set up to get information from those who didn’t have a chance this year.

Before next year’s event, Cohen will have some of the plain bricks of the walkway engraved as well.

This year, nine doves will be released at 8:45 a.m. Starting the tradition with one dove, the number has been increased by one each year following the Noah's Quests beginning in 2005.

The family event will include other children’s events in addition to the kiddie run, including face painting, a rock wall and a bounce castle.

The kiddie run (1K) begins at 9 a.m., 10K run at 9:15 a.m., 5K walk at 9:20 a.m., and the 5K run at 9:40.

Registration is $25 for the 5K or 10K if received prior to 5 p.m. Friday, June 27. The price rises to $30 the day of the race. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The kiddie run is $5.

Registration is available on www.activityreg.com.