Family Lives On: 10th Annual Race for Traditions

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The 10th Annual Race for Traditions, sponsored by Expresspark, Inc. will be held on Saturday, April 26th right here in Eagleview. This year marks a decade of this beloved race and family event whose proceeds benefit Family Lives On FoundationSM (411 Eagleview Blvd). The dictionary defines “tradition” as a long-established action or pattern of behavior in a community or group of people, often one that has been handed down from generation to generation. We are proud to say that the Race for Traditions fits that description perfectly. Many families return each year to run, walk or even “tot trot” the race. They have made the “Race for Traditions” a family tradition they can call their own.

For 10 years, the Eagleview and local community have come together to celebrate our mission and raise funds to continue Family Lives On’s Tradition FulfillmentSM Programs. Our unique program provides a therapeutic tool to support the healthy bereavement focusing on three critical, and often times unmet, needs in child and family bereavement support. Grieving families need (1) intrafamily connection and communication, (2) ongoing support, and (3) opportunities to celebrate a loved one’s life story.

Family Lives On Foundation was originally incorporated as Mommy’s Light Lives On Fund® on in 1997 to support maternally bereaved children in the Delaware Valley. In the fall of 2012, the scope of the organization’s Tradition Fulfillment services expanded further to include all children who are grieving the deaths of their moms or dads and on March 1, 2013 the name was changed to Family Lives On Foundation to reflect and support the broader mission.

Did you know there are more than 2 million children and teens in the US grieving the deaths of their moms or dads? 1 in 20 children experience the death of a parent before the age of 16 – that’s 1 in every classroom, 2 on every school bus. This year’s celebration of the 10th Race for Traditions will kick off this initiative and we thank our corporate and community sponsors for bringing us to this exciting time in our history. As the year progresses, Family Lives On will implement a strategic plan that will allow us to increase accessibility of our Tradition FulfillmentSM program.

The impact made possible through our sponsors can be summed up in a Facebook post from a graduate of our program during her first year in college. Jackie says “Grief is such a huge, scary thing. It can be easy to get lost in it. I think a lot of young women associate their identities with their mothers, and not having my mom sometimes makes me feel unsure of myself. But then I remember what Family Lives On has taught me. That it’s OK to remember her. That through the memories I have of her, I know what kind of person she was. I know that I want to reflect her goodness in my own life. I think it’s beautiful that this foundation has helped me remember her in such a positive way. I just wanted to, again, say thank you.”

The Race for Traditions Planning Committee led by Race Founder, Hillary DeLone and Race Chair, Tara Todd has many fun events planned for April 26th. This family event serves up something for everyone including:

• Tot Trot for kids ages 2-5 • 1 Mile race, plus special “Stroller Start” • 5K race (Run or Walk) • Dog agility show • Music • Free Ice Cream! • Complimentary Brickside Grille breakfast for registered race participants • Awards for Top Finishers

As a fellow member of the Eagleview community, we hope you will dig out your running (or walking) shoes and join in the Race for Traditions. For more information on Family Lives On, registration forms and a detailed schedule of the day’s events, email kbecker@familyliveson.org, call 610.458.1690 or register online.