DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
MARBLE FALLS — One of the great things about walking, and even running, is most people can do it. And it’s amazing that something as simple as placing one foot in front of the other can make such a difference in the lives of children who have lost a loved one such as a brother, sister or parent.
“When kids lose somebody close to them, it may seem like they’re doing OK, but beneath it, they are going through a lot of emotions,” said Galyn Woerner, the director of Camp Agape. “So we try to support them and their families as much as we can.”
One of the ways is through a summer camp where kids ages 7-12 who have lost a sibling, parent or grandparent can gather and benefit from a program designed specifically for them. The camp features many of the typical summer camp adventures such as art, music, games, horseback riding, swimming, archery and more, but it also includes group and play therapy to help them through the bereavement process.
The Christian-based camp comes at no cost to the children or their families, but to keep it operating, it requires steady support in various ways. One way just about anybody can help is by strapping on those walking or running shoes and participating in the Camp Agape Memorial Run and Kids Walk on Nov. 15 at Johnson Park, 230 Ave. J in Marble Falls.
The run starts with registration at 7 a.m. with the walk/run following at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and younger. There is an additional $5 charge if you register the day of the event. Pre-registration can be made at www.athleteguild.com.
“We’re calling it a memorial run because it’s a chance for people to also remember those they’ve lost, whether it’s recent or in the years past,” Woerner said. “We’ll do a balloon release, and people can write the name of a loved one who they’ve lost on the balloon before letting it go.”
Everybody who registers gets a T-shirt, and kids get a medal. But the best part of it is participants get the chance to help youth enjoy several days of camp and develop the skills and tools to work their way through the bereavement process.
Plus, a 5k walk or run is a good way to work off some of the Halloween candy and get ready for Thanksgiving.
Contact Kim Turk at (512) 588-0412 or Woerner at (830) 385-8916 for more information on the event. Go to www.campagapetexas.org for more information on Camp Agape.