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Aden Lamps Foundation will host annual 5K run/walk on Sept. 15

SPRING VALLEY — The Aden Lamps Foundation will host its sixth annual 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Hall High School in Spring Valley.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. The registration fee for adults is $20 until Sept. 10 and $25 after Sept. 10. The cost for children ages 14 and under is $15, with a fun run for children ages 3 to 7, which is $10. There is also an untimed 1 mile walk. The fee includes a T-shirt for all ages. New this year are raffles and a 50/50.

The Aden Lamps Foundation helps spread awareness for SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths). The Foundation was started in 2014 by Aden’s mother, Ashley Lamps, and since the inception, the foundation has been able to purchase 3,700 sleep sacks and more than 2,000 safe sleep board books, which are then donated to Illinois Valley Community Hospital, St. Margaret’s Hospital and LaSalle County WIC. Every local newborn receives one of the sleep sack packages, with a retail value of approximately $25. The sleep sack package contains a reusable bag, a sleep sack (zip up wearable blanket) and an infant board book.

The mission of the Aden Lamps Foundation is to educate local families on the dangers of an unsafe sleeping environment for infants. The sleep sacks are a safer alternative to having loose blankets in the crib. Aden Lamps, the son of Andy and Ashley Lamps, died in 2013 of a SUID at the age of 4 months.

For more information, contact Ashley Lamps at 815-712-7701 or adenlampsfoundation@gmail.com. Information can also be found on Facebook or at www.safesleepforaden.org.

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