MADISON, NJ - Good Grief is this year's host for the 5th annual 5K Run and Walk for Hope at Giralda Farms on Sunday, June 3. 

More than 1,000 community members attended last year’s event. Many who participated showed up wearing superhero costumes of their own design, designed to reflect their resilience and the “superpowers” they gained working through grief after the death of a loved one, according to race organizers. 

This year’s event is all about teams. Good Grief encourages registrants to work together to create teams in honor of family members and friends who have died, or in support of Good Grief program participants.

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This annual event raises funds and awareness to help children, teens and young adults after the death of a mom, dad, brother or sister. 

The 5K Run and Walk for Hope is a fun, family event for all ages and abilities. It features a 5K, USATF-certified race course, a two-mile walk with activities and kids races for children ages 3 to 12.

Cedar Knolls resident and Good Grief participant Edward De Crescenzo is team captain of the Coach Diana’s team. Edward attends Good Grief Nights of Support with his three children, ages 8, 11 and 12. 

“My wife Diana died a year and a half ago,” he said. “When people ask ‘How is everything going? How are the kids doing?’ I tell them about how great Good Grief has been for us.”

Teams can work together to create t-shirts, banners and meaningful fundraisers leading up to the event. 

“Creating our team has given us the opportunity to speak about the help we’re getting, and to bring together family and friends for Diana,” De Crescenzo said. “We still talk about her, we share great memories about her. We want to keep her memory going in whatever way we can.”

The Good Grief 5K Run and Walk for Hope is a family-friendly event. Race winners in each age group will be recognized in a post-race awards ceremony. Various other awards for the teams include “Leader of the Pack” to “Best Team T-shirt” will also be handed out. The day’s festivities will also include music, guest speakers and various other forms of entertainment. 

For more information on the event, to volunteer, register or become a sponsor, click here.

Good Grief is the leading provider of grief services in New Jersey, serving more 1,000 children since its inception in 2004. Good Grief is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of providing unlimited, free support for children, teens and families after the death of a parent or sibling. Servicing more than 150 communities, Good Grief operates programs in Morristown and Princeton. For more information about Good Grief, visit www.good-grief.org.

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