EAST BRIDGEWATER — March 28, 2013 was a special day for Heather and Shane Craven. The couple introduced two newborns, Sydney and Logan, who were separated by one minute at birth.
Gender was about the only thing that set these two apart, as they would spend countless days and nights living the same fun-filled lives. They were certainly joined at the hip. Little did the young family know what they were about to endure.
On March 19, 2015, nine days short of the twins’ second birthday, the Cravens’ lives were about to be turned upside down. The unimaginable, the indescribable, the incomprehensible happened; their beautiful daughter stopped breathing. The family went from perfect lives to an immediate state of grief. One thing was for certain, they wanted to continue Sydney’s legacy in more ways than a gravestone.
After Sydney’s passing, friends and family began to join together to carry on her smile and special touch by creating the Sydney Craven Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization. Now, the family is expanding their efforts to honor Sydney.
On Saturday, June 18, what is intended to be an annual event — the Sydney Craven Memorial Fund 5K Tutu Run & SparkleFest — will take place.
It’s not often that you see folks running through the streets in tutus, but Heather Craven said they were her daughter’s go-to outfit.
“Sydney was always in a tutu with a matching bow,” Craven said. “She loved to dance.”
The sparkle wasn’t something Sydney had to put on, it came natural, according to Craven.
“She was spunky, full of energy, and just was a sweet girl full of personality,” Craven said.
Registration for the run begins at 8 a.m. and will cost $20 for children and $30 for adults. Kids ages six to 12 will receive a water, banana, bar, and shirt. There will also be finish line snacks and water stops along the route. The race begins at 9 a.m.
The run will start at East Bridgewater Common, head down Central Street and sweep through Chestnut and Bridge Street before heading into the home stretch.
The SparkleFest on the common will also begin at 9 a.m. and will feature dancing and lawn games, crafts, a bounce house, face painting, and much more. The event will conclude at 1 p.m.
Craven said it was a no-brainer to have an event such as this one.
“Sydney’s legacy inspired me,” Craven said. “She was taken way to early, and unexpectedly. I wanted to do something immediately so people could remember her, and I could find strength from her fund.”
All of the money raised will go towards scholarships for children under the age of 12 in the East Bridgewater, Bridgewater, and West Bridgewater communities.
You can visit the Sydney Craven Memorial Fund’s website at sydneycraven.com.