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Jacoby’s Shield 3rd Annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll

Calling the Southeast’s mightiest superheroes! Join us on April 18, 2020, for Jacoby’s Shield Third Annual Superhero 5k Run/Walk & Family Stroll. Jacoby’s Shield is a non-profit volunteer organization that heals the hearts of bereaved parents and siblings. Jacoby’s Shield accomplishes its mission primarily through hosting Camp SHIELD family bereavement retreats. Camp SHIELD combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. The money being raised will help fund Camp SHIELD and bereavement support groups. Camp SHIELD will be held September 25 - 27, 2020, at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville.

This is a family and stroller friendly event. All are encouraged to wear your superhero gear.

We are part of the Tour de Columbia Race Series.


We cordially invite you to participate as a Sponsor or a Vendor of Jacoby’s Shield third annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll. Your sponsorship helps to defray the cost of organizing the event. Funds received from sponsorships are used to purchase t-shirts for registered race participants, awards and complimentary drinks and snacks for each race participant. Any additional money from sponsorships will help go toward our fundraising goal of $30,000.

There are various levels of sponsorship for the Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll. Size and placement of logos on t‐shirts and website are based on sponsorship level.

If you would like to be either a sponsor or a vendor for our Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll, please download and submit a SPONSOR FORM or a VENDOR FORMIf you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Board Chair Stuart Latta, by telephone at 803-400-3299 or by e-mail at stuart@jacobysshield.org. Thank you!

If you would like to volunteer for our Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll or for Camp SHIELD, please download and submit a VOLUNTEER FORM.

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Jacoby’s Shield Silent Auction 2020

We are excited to announce our second annual Jacoby’s Shield Silent Auction event to be held on Thursday, May 21st at Stone Bridge Gardens in Columbia, SC! Throughout the evening we will be showcasing some amazing musical talents and will be serving delicious food from Citrus Catering Company to help you keep your energy up for a fun night of bidding for a great cause!

The tables with our wonderful assortment of locally donated baskets, certificates, and travel experiences will open promptly at 7 pm and close at 9 pm. Bidders must be present in order to claim their winning items.

Why this is an important night…

The vision of Jacoby’s Shield is to help parents and siblings grieving a death find connection and healing. We strongly feel that no parent or sibling should be alone in grief and seek to create a community where families can turn for support.  By participating in this gala event, YOU can help make a difference.

Funds graciously raised on May 21st will go toward hosting Camp SHIELD which is a multiday family bereavement retreat. Camp SHIELD combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. This year our Camp SHIELD retreat will be held September 25-27, 2020, at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville. Any additional funds will be used to support our community-based family grief support groups. 

So, what are you waiting for?

Seating is limited, so get your tickets ASAP. You won’t want to miss this night!

Individual Tickets


Multiple Tickets


Table Sponsor (10 seats)




Camp SHIELD 2020 will be as held the weekend of September 25-27, 2020, at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville. Camp SHIELD is an opportunity for entire families to remember and honor their loved ones, to grieve together outside of the funeral in a relaxed, safe and supportive setting. Families are allowed to express emotions, share their grief, connect with others and learn positive coping skills.

Camp SHIELD is offered free of charge except for a small $50 administrative fee per family.

The application process for Camp SHIELD 2020 is not currently open. If you would like to attend the Camp SHIELD 2020, please fill out the inquiry form [JACOBY'S SHIELD INQUIRY].

To download a 2020 Camp SHIELD flyer [Click Here].

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Jacoby’s Shield, established in 2016 by parents Stuart & Xaviera Latta, is a 501(c)(3), grief and healing organization providing services to families experiencing the death of a child.

Providing comfort, hope and healing to parents, grandparents and siblings affected by grief.

Whether stillborn or 50, every year, countless parents experience the death of a child. Our unique programs give parents and siblings the chance to cry, laugh, grow, and heal. Kids meet other kids in similar circumstances, and together, they grow stronger.

The death of someone close can be a devastating experience for anyone, let alone a child. For children, losing a parent, sibling or other important person in their life can significantly disrupt their healthy development. They can feel like their entire world has been turned upside down, and more often than not, they do not know how to process the overwhelming emotions of grief.

Jacoby’s Shield is unique. In the cases where a family suffers the death of a child, there are long term effects on the surviving family members. Children who lost a sibling have a mortality rate two and a half times that of other children. One factor is the emotional impact and its effects on mental health, especially in the short term. For parents, research has shown that losing a child increases the mortality rate in mothers more than a decade later, both from natural and unnatural causes. It increases the mortality rate in fathers, too, but only from unnatural causes. Child death is a profound loss for parents, resulting in elevated rates of marital disruption as well as depression and health problems persisting decades after the child’s death.

The loss of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare, and when a family member dies the whole family grieves and each family member needs support. Oftentimes the fathers grieve differently than the mothers. And the surviving siblings are “the forgotten mourners.” The strain on a family as a result of a death of a child is high. Jacoby’s Shield is unique in that in brings the entire family unit together to heal in a safe place with their peers, parents with other parents, and siblings with other siblings.