Kindall’s Run for a Reason aids research |

Kindall’s Run for a Reason aids research

Planning Kindall’s Run for a Reason has been therapeutic for Kim Colbert of New Castle, whose daughter, Kindall, died one year ago at 131⁄2 months old.

“I think because I know I am doing something for her still, and sharing memories and thoughts about her everyday. Just to say her name and keep her memory alive has been sort of my tribute to her, and my way of keeping her memory alive for myself.”

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16. It has been important for Kim to have something to do directly related to Kindall to help her cope with the loss of losing a young child. But it also has been very difficult to be planning something like this when she would rather be planning Kindall’s second birthday party instead.

Run For A Reason is a bereaved parent’s idea. The Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program (SUDC) has given grieving parents the opportunity to incorporate their child’s name into their “trademark event,” to raise funds for the SUDC Program.

All proceeds for Kindall’s Run for a Reason will go to the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood program. The San Diego SIDS/SUDC Research Project (SDSSRP) has embarked upon an investigation of children from ages 1 through 11 who have died suddenly and unexpectedly. Their deaths remain apparently unexplained after review of the medical records, investigation of the death scene and postmortem examination. The SUDC also provides assistance to bereaved parents and family outreach, which has been invaluable to the Colberts. The organization is also increasing awareness of SUDC to a national level.

Kindall’s Run for a Reason 5K will follow the same route as Hogback Hustle, starting in the City Market parking lot, which is where early registration will be held starting at 8:30 a.m.

All activities start at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, and continue at Burning Mountain Park. Family events during the day will include a 2K family/dog walk/bike, a free family barbecue, free kids’ bounce house and obstacle course, free dunk booth, an appearance from Buttons the clown, and face painting and hair streaking by donation. Starting at noon, a storytime will be held by Diane Webster from the New Castle Library in honor of Kindall’s love of books.

The silent auction begins at 10 a.m. and closes at noon. Lots of good stuff will be available for bid, including Rockies tickets, a signed Nuggets jersey, A Durango bed and breakfast basket, Yampah and Sunlight passes, Budweiser items, an evaporative cooler, lots of gift baskets, and a six-month membership to New Castle Family Fitness. People may purchase tickets at the event only. Drawings for prizes will be held every half hour throughout the day.

Volunteers are always needed, so if you would like to volunteer or participate in any way, please contact Kim at 984-3657.

To register or donate, visit Kindall’s site at .

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column runs every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with a news tip or local inspiration, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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