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Run Saniyah Run, Family Remembrance Celebration!

July 31, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Family Friendly Event–Run Saniyah Run’s first remembrance celebration of Saniyah who passed away on July 31, 2020.
Carnival games, prizes, music and FUN FOR ALL! Also fundraising to help parents of special needs children with this year’s upcoming school supplies, clothes, and other expenses they may encounter.
The first annual memorial fundraiser for the organization, “Run, Saniyah, Run” will take place on Sunday, July 31, 3pm until 5pm at Milton’s Memorial Park.
A new organization, aptly named “Run, Saniyah, Run” is a memorial tribute to a severely disabled young girl, Saniyah. As reported in an April issue of the Cape Gazette, Saniyah had a brief but meaningful life, passing away at the tender age of 11. 
Saniyah had several disabilities that most parents thankfully will never bear. 
Her mother, Gia Ruffin began a mission after Saniyah’s passing, aptly named “Run, Saniyah Run,” a nod to how, despite her severe situation, Saniyah was quite literally on the move, no matter her obstacles. She was encouraged by her siblings to run, because despite her disabilities, it’s what she strived to do. That’s how much her energy had an effect on others.
Ruffin believes that – and has put into action – parents of disabled children have special needs themselves. Carpools, doctors’ appointments, educational concerns and more, there are parents dealing with the stress of not only their own lives and perhaps that of their other children. 
Run Saniyah Run is now a 501 c 3 organization, meaning it is a nonprofit organization with a meaningful mission. It is her mother’s intent to help other parents cope with the stress of raising a child under unusual and taxing circumstances. Often, parents are on their own to figure out logistics, often relying on family, friends and neighbors to adequately tend to the child’s needs.
Gia Ruffin, mother to Saniyah relied on several people, including her own other children to juggle those stresses. She now wants to grow an organization that addresses the parents’ need – not just those of the child.
On Sunday, July 31, from 3-5 pm, there will be a fundraising and awareness event that will kick off these efforts in Saniyah’s name. It will be a family-friendly event with plenty of food and entertainment.
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July 31, 2022
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Milton Memorial Park
113 Union Street
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