12th Annual Jon’s 5K Run/Stroll benefiting Center for Infant and Child Loss and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome research

logo-without-taglineSave the date for Any Baby Can’s 12th Annual Jon’s 5K Run/Stroll presented by Pioneer Energy Services.
Activities, beautiful scenery and fun await runners, walkers and strollers as the community comes together in support of families who have lost a child. It is a time to celebrate the memories of lives that were lost too soon. May you be a volunteer, family member, friend or advocate, your participation in Jon’s Run helps Any Baby Can to provide funeral assistance, counseling and grief support to families who have experienced the loss of their infant or young child to any cause. Funds raised also support Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research.
Join Any Baby Can at Éilan San Antonio, Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m.

JR 2013 startAs Any Baby Can’s 12th Annual Jon’s Run embarks on a new location at Éilan San Antonio, the perseverance and significance felt that morning will remain. Jon’s Run will forever unite a community that is devoted to supporting families as they walk through some of the darkest of days after the loss of their child. Every year before the start of the run, a moment of silence is held with all eyes on the sky as families release colorful balloons, adorned with a message to their children.

“Jon’s Run gives hope to those who have lost all hope. This event comforts me with the knowledge that I am not alone in the grief and suffering I experienced when we lost Jon and that his brief life on earth has made a difference in the lives of so many others,” says Melissa French-Stephenson.

Jon Carl Stephenson, passed away of SIDS on April 25, 2002 and is the inspiration behind Jon’s Run. In May of 2003, Any Baby Can’s 1st Annual Jon’s 5K Run/Stroll was organized to benefit Any Baby Can’s Center for Infant and Child Loss.

Any Baby Can’s 12th Annual Jon’s 5K Run/Stroll welcomes runners and walkers of all ages. Kids will warm up with Spiderman as they prepare for the 50 Meter (1-4 years of age) and 200 Meter (5-11 years of age) Kids’ Fun Run, sponsored by Children First Pediatrics. Spiderman will then give his best to keep up with the kids as he runs alongside them. Kids can then wait for their parents to cross the finish line to see if they will be awarded in one of the following categories; 1st, 2nd or 3rd place for male and female, overall and masters for male and female, followed by the top 3 stroller runners. All Kids’ Fun Run participants will receive a medal.

In addition, there are a variety of activities for attendees to participate in, including face painting and balloon animals. Participants, volunteers and partners can start their morning off with a cup of coffee from Community Coffee and after the race, reward themselves with snacks and drinks donated by HEB, La Madeleine, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and Honest Tea.

Registration Registration for Any Baby Can’s 12th Annual Jon’s 5K Run/Stroll is $27 per person for team registration and $32 for individual registration. Registration for the Kids’ Fun Run is $16 per child. For more information, or to register for Any Baby Can’s 12th Annual Jon’s 5K Run/Stroll, visit www.jonsrun.com.

About Any Baby Can For more than 30 years, Any Baby Can has provided services to families with children facing serious health or developmental challenges. For more information, visit www.anybabycansa.org or call 210-227-0170.