Drawing families and groups from across the Mid-South, the Camp Good Grief 5K on Sept. 30 raised $15,000 to benefit the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Camp Good Grief fund.
Camp Good Grief is a bereavement camp where children and teenagers who have lost loved ones can come together for companionship, play and therapy. The 5K is held annually at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis and is sponsored by Memorial Park, Pugh’s Flowers and Mister Tree. Melissa Surles, senior development officer for the Baptist Foundation, said the event gives attendees a chance to remember a loved one in a special way.
“This event is a nice way to come out as a family and celebrate the life of someone who was loved and lost,” Melissa said. “While we had about 500 participants in the race, the attendance for the entire event was much larger. We are so grateful for our sponsors. They support us throughout the year and help spread the word that free bereavement counseling for anyone in the community is available at the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief year-round.”