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Jacoby’s Shield Virtual Superhero 5K April 17

Calling South Carolina's mightiest superheroes! Join us on April 17, 2021, for Jacoby’s Shield Virtual Superhero 5K. The money being raised will help fund Camp SHIELD and bereavement support groups. Camp SHIELD will be held this Fall at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville.

Virtual runners must run between April 1 and April 17. Run times must be uploaded by April 17. All runners are encouraged to wear their superhero gear.

We are part of the Columbia Running Club Tour de Columbia Race Series.


We cordially invite you to participate as a Sponsor of Jacoby’s Shield Virtual Superhero 5K. 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 Virtual Superhero 5K. 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 Virtual 5K, please download and submit a SPONSOR FORM.  If 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 the live portion of our Virtual Superhero 5K please submit a VOLUNTEER FORM.

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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.