Amarah’s Light nonprofit doing great work for others

Author John Green wrote, “Grief does not change you. It reveals you.” This has rarely been more evident than with the local nonprofit, Amarah’s Light.

Amarah’s Light will be holding the fourth annual Amarah’s Light Prince/Princess Parade: Walk Run Family Fun at noon on Saturday at Presque Isle Park in Marquette.

This event was created after the tragic and untimely loss of Amarah Filizetti, age 4, of Gwinn. Her obituary reads, Amarah means “Eternally Beautiful.” We have seen the work this nonprofit has done over the past four years, and we can’t think of a more appropriate name. While many parents would have broken down after being faced with such a terrible tragedy, the Filizettis somehow found the courage to use their pain as a means to move forward and help others who have had to endure similar heartaches. We applaud their strength and suggest that anyone with little ones consider attending this event. It doesn’t matter if your son or daughter is into Captain America and Iron Man or Elsa and Anna — it is sure to be a good time for all.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the walk starts at noon, followed by fun for the whole family. Activities will include kids games, a bounce house, T-shirt tie-dying, nail painting, Disney character appearances, prize drawings and more. The event will wrap up with prize drawings at 1:30 p.m.

A press release from Amarah’s Light says: “Let the kids pick whatever costume attire they feel special in and bring them down to Presque Isle to take a walk with them around the island and enjoy celebrating the joy of being a child. It’s always a beautiful moment when you can just watch your child be free, innocent and happy! Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy this fun family event while raising awareness of this important nonprofit resource.”

Participation is by donation, and families can register at the event itself.

The Amarah’s Light website states that the idea behind the nonprofit is to “provide that same warmth and comfort to other families and to provide just a little bit of light, while families experiencing grief learn to navigate their ‘new normal.’ Through Amarah’s Light we hope to offer support and encouragement to families with young children experiencing profound loss.”

Amarah’s Light is a nonprofit organization created to help families dealing with child loss. The hope of Amarah’s Light is that others working through grief can find hope and light through the support of others as they learn to live again. Amarah’s Light provides care packages and other support to newly grieving families as they begin to navigate the process of loss. More information about Amarah’s Light or Amarah’s Princess Parade can be found on Memories of Amarah- Amarahs Light Facebook page or at www.amarahslight.org/