Sandy links with Forest Grove linked to remember children who have died

Love Rocks are crossing the Willamette River again Saturday, June 28, at the invitation of Carol Cohen, who began the Noah's Quest benefit run nine years ago, after her son died.

The event brings 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 is also events coordinator for the city of Sandy.

After hearing about the Love Rocks movement, Cohen contacted Susan Dieter-Robinson and Tom Robinson, the parents of two Forest Grove girls who died in an accident last October. Susan and Tom have been honoring their daughters by Mod-Podging little fabric hearts onto rocks, like the girls used to do.

Susan set up a Love Rocks Facebook page and Cohen contacted her about comint to the event and setting up a table to help children make Love Rocks.

The event is at Sandy Bluff Park, 36801 Goldenrain St. in Sandy.

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

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.

Other children’s activities will include face painting, a rock wall and a bounce castle.

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.

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