Thanks for visiting our page and supporting our efforts to raise awareness to premature birth, pregnancy loss, and infant death. The Leif Aleutian Foundation is a NJ non-profit foundation being formed by Brian and Jen Larsen, parents to Leif Aleutian. Leif's Legacy is a 5k Run & Walk founded in memory of our son whom died in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after living 52 hours earth-side. Leif Aleutian died resulting from a premature birth at 26.3 weeks.
Our Story: Brian and Jen's 20 week anatomy sonogram in August 2019 showed complete placenta previa. While working in Alaska, Jen was medi-vaced out of Skagway to Seattle, WA for severe bleeding which led to further knowledge about the pregnancy. They experienced complete placenta previa and placenta percreta, leading to multiple events of severe bleeding and the premature delivery of Leif Aleutian on October 11. Doctors and staff within the University of Washington Medical Center NICU worked with Leif to give him the best chance of survival, but his lungs were too under-developed to sustain breathing on his own. Leif Aleutian left this world on Oct 13, 2019 after a 52 hour fight for his life.
This foundation and race are developed by his family to raise awareness to premature birth and infant death, helping more of the public realize how frequent infant loss occurs (1 in 4 women), while supporting further research to provide infants and babies a higher chance of survival. Proceeds from this 2021 race will be donated to 2 medical facilities --Shore Medical Center's Special Care Nursery, the Larsen's Southern NJ hospital in Somers Point, NJ, and the Dahl Memorial Clinic in Skagway, Alaska --Brian & Jen's local Alaskan clinic that has taken care of their family before, during, and after pregnancy.
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Leif's Legacy 5k Run & Walk*T-shirts will be available for the first 200 participants* Please select your size during registration. Run and Walk 5K Race begins on the Sea Isle City Promenade intersection with JFK Blvd. Shirt pickup/day of registration will be Sunday, Oct 17 from 8-845am. Race starts at 9am. Virtual participants: Log your 5k run/walk with your app of choice. Feel free to share your race details to our Non-Profit page helping to recreate race camaraderie regardless of a world pandemic. If you'd like to register via check, please email us to receive a registration form via email where you can mail us your registration form, payment, & waiver through snail mail. Email: LeifAleutianFoundation@gmail.comActivity Starts: 10/17/2021 09:00 - Activity Ends: 10/17/2021 12:00Registration opens : 12/1/2020 00:00Activity type: Running raceRequires Date of BirthRequires phone numberGiveaway(s): T-Shirt