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Valerie’s House, Franz Ross YMCA partner in Virtual 5K to bring awareness to children’s grief

The Virtual Hero 5K to take place Nov. 19 - 26

By Staff | Nov 19, 2020

Valerie’s House, a nonprofit organization in Southwest Florida with the sole focus of helping children grieve, and the Franz Ross YMCA, a nonprofit that strengthens our community with programs that teach, connect and encourage, invite the public to honor Children’s Grief Awareness month by participating in their Virtual Hero 5K, Nov. 19-26.

Participants can run or walk whenever and wherever they choose. In a community-wide initiative to recognize grieving children, registration fees will be donated to help kids who are grieving the death of a family member receive mentoring, support, and counseling at Valerie’s House. Proceeds will also be put towards funding scholarships for youth programs at the Y in Port Charlotte.

 “A lot of the families at Valerie’s House have been anticipating this special event to honor their loved one,” said Valerie’s House Founder & CEO Angela Melvin. “We are hoping the entire community will join them and walk to lift up those who are walking life with grief.”

 To register for the Virtual Hero 5K, visit https://valerieshouse.org/5k2020-event.

Everyone is welcomed to participate by sharing on social media using the hashtags #VhrunsforChildrensGrief #ChildrenGrieve #VHYMCANationalChildrensGriefAwareness5K #VirtualHero5KforChildrensGrief and sharing photos of themselves with the event’s free printable to honor a loved one who has died.