Sometimes the smallest of events can bring the most meaning to you. The Celebrate Silas run which takes place this year on March 29th is one of those events.
I learned about this event last year through one of my dad’s nurses. I went into this one not know what to expect and now its quickly becoming one of my must run events every year.
The Celebrate Silas 5K is in honor of Silas who passed away of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This year he would of turned 5 years old. After his passing his family received help from the Dougy Center. The ability to reach out to other grieving families helped them so much through their loss. The Dougy Center,provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.
They provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. They are supported solely through private support from individuals, foundations and companies. The Dougy Center does not charge a fee for its services.
Every year since his passing have gotten together every year to celebrate Silas, and others who have passed to not only honor memories but raise awareness and funds for the Dougy Center. The group has grown in the past couple years as friends and family have passed the word on. Last year they raised 6,000 dollars for the center.
This is an un-timed event that just stays on the sidewalks of SE Portland. A lot people will take a side trip to the Crystal Gardens in the middle and leave flowers on a bench that was placed in Silas’s memory.
This year their goal is to raise 10,000 dollars for the Dougy Center. I would really like to see them do it. Your 25.00 includes a t-shirt and a great memorable event.
The start line will be at Duinway School in Portland. After the event you can stop back there for water, last year they had cake. Also, last year the Portland Fire Department brought out one of their fire trucks.
Celebrate Silas 2015
Duniway Elementary School
7700 SE Reed College Way
March 29th 2015 9:00 AM
You can find more information and register here: