Registration is now open for the Third Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon to be held on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 in Bedford, according to a press statement.
The only event of it’s kind in the area, the try-athlon is designed specifically for children ages 4-15 years, in memory of Aine Phillips. Aine died on August 10, 2010. She was 8-years-old. Her death was caused by a disease called PulmonaryVeno Occlusive Disease (PVOD). Although uncommon, this disease is a cause of Pulmonary Hypertension (PH). Aine’s surviving sister Bella was just 5 years old when Aine passed away. The Friends of Aine Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established in 2013, was formed to help grieving children. The mission of the foundation is to raise funds to build centers of support, safety, and compassion for children, like Aine’s sister Bella, who may feel alone because their brother or sister or mother or father died too soon.
The Kid’s Try-athlon event was created to help raise these much needed funds. Aine’s favorite activities included swimming, biking, and jump roping.
“By incorporating Aine’s favorite things, we were able to create a unique event for children, while raising money to help other children who are coping with the death of a loved one, just like Bella”, said Christine Phillips, mother of Aine and Bella, and friends of Aine co-founder. “It’s a wonderful way to involve the community in creating a legacy forour daughter.”
Total proceeds from the event will be granted to Home Health & Hospice Care (HHHC) in Merrimack to expand its existing bereavement support services for children in Southern New Hampshire. To date, the Friends of Aine Foundation has granted $25,000 to HHHC for this cause. The goal of the foundation is to establish a center for grieving children in Aine’s name.
“When a child has experienced a significant loss, the child’s future literally hangs in the balance. Timely and appropriate intervention greatly improves the chances of a happy and productive life, not only for the child but for the whole family”, says John Getts, Chief Executive Officer Home Health and Hospice Care in Merrimack.
“At the end of the day, HHHC’s Bereavement Programming is strengthening the whole community. We are deeply grateful to the Friends of Aine Foundation and the Phillips Family for so generously supporting this critical work.”
Beginning at the Bedford town pool and ending at the Bedford High School, participants ages 4-10 years will swim 25 yards, run 1/2 mile and bike 1 mile. Older participants ages 11-15 years will swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles. Official race times for all participants are recorded by Millennium Running. At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, participate in a jump rope event, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes, and more! Last year’s event attracted more than 250 participants and over 130 volunteers.
Christine Phillips speaks to the need for bereavement support services for children, “While there are programs and support groups available to adults, there is not enough available to the surviving children like Bella. These kids need a place to be with others like them; a place where they can express their feelings, help one another to grieve and develop lasting relationships with others who understand. Otherwise, they will never feel safe, they will never fit in and will always feel alone.”
Event sponsorship opportunities are available and volunteers are welcome. Please contact Christine Phillips at 603-305-3205 or [email protected] for more information.
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