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Sixth annual Noahs Quest honors the loss of children

Candle-lighting, dove release, guest speaker highlight the June 25 walk/run

Noah's Quest will host its sixth annual event at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Sandy Bluff Park, 36801 Goldenrain St. The walk/run honoring the loss of children features a 5-kilometer run or walk and a 10-kilometer run.

Carol Cohen, event coordinator for the city of Sandy, began the run in 2006 after losing her son, Noah.

'This is for everyone who has lost a child or the hope of a child, and for those who care,' Cohen said. 'It could be a miscarriage, a child born with a defect, any loss of a child.'

Proceeds from the event will benefit Brief Encounters, a Portland-based nonprofit that assists parents who have experienced miscarriages and infant loss.

Keeping with tradition, a candle-lighting ceremony and release of doves will honor the memory of lost children.

Guest speaker Pat Schweibert has 30 years of experience as a nurse, educator and counselor. Her background includes founding support groups and writing books on the topic of loss. She will speak at 11 a.m.

A raffle features a two-night stay at a beach house in Astoria and a free rental of an RV through Johnson RV. Raffle tickets are $1 each or seven for $5.

This year's activities for children include face painting, clowns and a bouncy castle.

Registration is $25 through Friday, June 24, and $35 Saturday, June 25. Children age 6 and younger get in free. Typically, teams create their own T-shirts in memory or honor of loved ones to wear during the walk/run.

Online registration should be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, June 24.

'It's something people don't really talk about - a loss,' Cohen said.

'This brings community together.'

For more information, visit noahsquest.org or call 503-668-5569.