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Grace Church’s 5K raising money for SIDS research

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October is Infant Loss Awareness Month, and Kingston’s Grace Community Church is hosting “The Chase,” a 5K race and 1-mile family fun walk to raise money for infant loss awareness.

The Oct. 19 race at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston, is  in loving memory of Chase Austin Ruffner. Chase, infant son of church members Isaiah and Brittany Ruffner, lost his life to sudden infant death syndrome.

Members of the community who have lost an infant are encouraged to pay tribute to their loved ones on a remembrance wall in their honor at the race.

“In Memory” stickers will also be available to wear during the race.

Check-in on race day is 8 a.m., with the race starting at 9.

All race proceeds will be given to First Candle, a national nonprofit health organization for advancing infant health and survival.

First Candle’s goal is to increase public participation in the fight against all infant loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS and sudden unexpected infant death.

Visit www.thechase5k.com to register for the race.

Those who register by Oct. 10 will save money with an early-registration fee.

Call race director Kandi Leffew at 376-3350 or 789-0076 for details.