The 3rd annual Young Life Memorial Run/Walk was held July 15 at Lions Park in West Liberty. The event had food trucks, a raffle, and bubble fun for the kids, as well as the run/walk for all ages.
Ashley Eades Dennis, a West Liberty graduate, started the run as a labor of love and a way of healing from the heartache of losing her 10-day-old son Greyson. Five months after he passed away she became pregnant with her daughter Kenley. According to the Urban Dictionary a baby who is born following a miscarriage or still birth is called a Rainbow Baby. “This is because the rainbow that follows the storm brings the hope of things getting better.”
Each life was represented on the course: The “Each One Counts Mile” with a white flag for each miscarriage and loss in the uterus. The last mile hosted memorial markers of infants, children and young adults.
The event kicked off with the Kiddie Dash, which included children ages 2 to 8. Then the older children and adults were off on the 2.5 mile course where some parents pushed their younger children in strollers, some walked and others ran, each going at their own pace.
The first male runner to complete the course was Garrett Jenkins of Bellefontaine, and Lauren Fowler of West Liberty was the first female. The evening ended with a “Light Up For Life” Sky Lantern release.
A goal for the organization in the near future is to obtain 501c3 status and become a non-profit. The Young Life Memorial Run brings families and friends of children gone too soon; to share the love they left behind. For more information and to support the organization, contact Dennis on the Face Book page, Young Life Memorial Run.
Tami Wenger is a regular contributor to this newspaper.