‘Liam’s Day’ run-walk will benefit local food pantry

‘Liam’s Day’ run-walk will benefit local food pantryBy CHRISTINA MACGREGOR

News Review Contributor

The third annual Liam’s Day 5K Run-Walk and Cupcake Day will be held Saturday, March 21, at Upjohn Park.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 9:45 a.m., with the race starting at 10. The course will follow desert trails near the park. “At the end we will have cupcakes to celebrate our runners/ walkers and volunteers,” said Sharon Canfield, mother of Liam and one of the event coordinators.

In 2010 the Canfields first son, Liam, was born prematurely from complications during the pregnancy and passed away.

Since 2011 the Canfield family has held a community service project each year, near his birthday, to celebrate Liam’s Day and honor his memory.

This year, they are collecting nonperishable foods in place of a race entry fee. All contributions will be donated to the Ridgecrest Salvation Army.

“With spring break approaching, kids won’t have free meals at school,” said Canfield.

“We want to stock them up and help keep them full of food so that they can keep supporting those in need within our community.”

She said that in past years people have been generous. “Most gave bags of food when donating — not just one or two items. It fills up our pickup fast, as well as our hearts!”

Canfield also expressed gratitude for the level of support from the community. About 100 runners, walkers and volunteers participated last year, and this year she hopes for more.

“It is amazing to see so many people come out and do good with us. It really makes a hard time of year easier to get through.

“We love honoring Liam this way. We feel so loved as we serve with our friends, old and new. Every year we meet new people and add to our community!”

Prizes will be awarded, courtesy of donations from Ridgecrest Cinemas, Pizza Factory and Baskin Robbins. Germain Oriz designed this year’s Liam’s Day T-shirts.

“Sadly, we added another loss in early 2018 to this service and celebration,” said Canfield.

“But serving others and seeing so many participate in the service, comforts us during this time of year and makes this a time of celebration. We dedicate this race and food drive to them, and to everyone participating today who has experienced loss or other hardships.”

Anyone interested in volunteering, or obtaining more information, should contact Canfield at tinyfootprints45@gmail.com.

Pictured: Sharon Canfield (left) and her family at a previous “Liam’s Day” event. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-03-13