Grayson, Kentucky – August 4, 2015 – Local Non-Profit, The Carys Rainn Foundation, Inc. hosted the second annual Ready… Set… Glo! 5K/ 1 mile walk on Friday, June 26th, 2015 and would like to
express appreciation to all foundation supporters. All proceeds from the foundation’s events will be used to further the foundation’s goals to minister to individuals and families facing perinatal loss.
The Carys Rainn Foundation, Inc. was founded as a response to the brief life of Carys Rainn Kitchen, who was born (along with healthy twin brother, Paxton) in April of 2011 with a fatal neural tube defect. Through the experience of Carys’ terminal diagnosis before birth and the months that
followed, Carys and Paxton’s parents recognized a need for additional resources, support, awareness, and research in the area of perinatal loss.
The Foundation provides support to bereaved parents, encouraging hope and healing through memory box items, memorial opportunities, information, professional trainings, and more. The Carys Rainn Foundation recently partnered with The Cash Ryan Memorial Fund to purchase a DSLR camera for King’s Daughters Medical Center, to provide and means for hospital staff to offer bereavement photographs when outside organizations are not available. For anyone interested in being involved in the foundation’s efforts, item donations are currently being accepted for the third annual online auction, scheduled to take place through the foundation’s facebook page during the first weekend of November.
Additionally, a Bereaved Parents’ Retreat is being planned for October 9th and 10th, to be held at Carter Caves State Resort Park, and the foundation donates a memorial tree each year to the Paramount Arts Center’s Festival of Trees with an open invitation to have loved ones represented.
Keri Kitchen, founder and executive director of The Carys Rainn Foundation says,”The foundation runs entirely on contributions from the public. We very much appreciate the support we receive in our mission to minister to grieving parents and their families. While we are well aware that the efforts we make don’t take away the pain of loss, we hope to offer a little more comfort than these parents would have otherwise. We want parents who experience the tragedy of pregnancy or infant loss to have support made readily available, as well as tangible memories created. We understand it can be very difficult to cope when memories of a loved one begin to fade. Without physical reminders, the whole experience can begin to feel as if it were only a dream. In short, each of these little lives matter and deserve to be acknowledged and remembered, just as grieving parents need to be given the freedom to openly grieve, acknowledge, and remember their little ones.”
For more information about the projects and events of The Carys Rainn Foundation, visit http://carysrainn.org or contact Keri Kitchen, Executive Director, at Keri@carysrainn.org