4th Annual Arcadia Fun Run Anticipates Record Participation
Registration is underway for the 4th Annual Arcadia Family Fun Run, which raises money for research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death of infants between one month and one year of age. The Family Fun Run will take place Sunday, April 17th at 8:00AM.
The event is organized by Katie and Mark Cosmas, whose five-month-old daughter, Taylor, passed away from SIDS in 2010.
“We pour a lot of love and time into this event every year, because no parents should ever have to experience the sorrow of SIDS,” said Katie Cosmas. “Mark and I started this to give families like us a place to remember the babies taken too soon and to raise money so that we can make sure every baby lives to see their first birthday.”
Along the course, there are photos of Taylor and other SIDS babies. Families can submit photos to be included in the Place to Remember section on TeamTaylorAZ.com.
The event has raised more than $250,000 for SIDS research, and the amount grows every year.
“We’re humbled by the ever-increasing level of community and sponsor support for the Arcadia Fun Run and our beloved Team Taylor,” said Mark Cosmas. “We are so grateful to this community.”
This year, Team Taylor has a new member. Addison Hope Cosmas was born on February 10th to Mark and Katie Cosmas. She will join her big brother, Cade, who is four-years-old, as Team Taylor’s most loyal participants.
To register for the 5K Fun Run, the public can log on to TeamTaylorAZ.com, or they can sign-up at iRun, located in the Arcadia Safeway Center at 4730 East Indian School. More than 1,200 runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels are expected to take part, spreading the word using #endSIDS in Social Media.
All proceeds from the Arcadia Family Fun Run will be donated to the Three Butterflies SIDS Foundation, which supports researchers like Dr. Hannah Kinney whose research has led to the most promising development of our knowledge on SIDS and the involvement of the neurotransmitter Serotonin.