Sierra's View: Holly Day 2012

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Holly Day 2012

Oregon Friends and Family:

(written by my sister and brother in law)
Holland Kay Cottle [my niece] died on October 22, 2011. She was two months old and no cause of death was found (SIDS). It has been beyond painful to have our daughter not with us. We miss her every day. But her short life and death have been a blessing to us as well. We have learned a great deal about life, our family, and ourselves. And we want to use the lessons gained from this painful experience for something that might help another family's life. It is this desire that has led us to create a day now known as Holly-Day. Each year on the Saturday closest to the anniversary of Holly’s death, we will celebrate her life in many different ways. Here is the agenda for this year’s inaugural Holly-day:


After Holly’s death some of Nick’s colleagues at Nike were interested in creating a running route in honor of Holly. Well, Nick loved the idea and took the idea and ran with it (pun intended). Nick created a route in Lake Oswego called the Holly Hoop and it is literally a stroll down memory lane for our family.

Memorable places on the Holly Hoop route:
- Holly’s grandparents’ (“Papa” and “Nona”) home
- Holly’s grandparents’ (“Pops” and “Grandma Julie) old house where Holly’s dad grew up
- Two elementary schools and the junior high school where Holly’s dad went
- The High School where Holly’s mom and dad went to school
- A suburb in Lake Oswego named Holly Orchard
- Holly’s great grandparents’ home
- The place where Holly’s parents first kissed
- The home where Holly’s mom grew up
- The LDS church where Holly’s funeral was held
- The LDS temple where Holly’s parents were married

The Holly Hoop run is a 5k and 10k and will be run by Holly’s family and friends each Holly-day in her memory. There will be course maps given to all participants and Holly Hoop signs at each of the kilometer markers. We hope that each participant will be able to take this time to remember how precious life is.

Holly Hoop Details:
- Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
- Location: 2950 Wembley Park Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97034 (Holly’s Nona and Papa’s House)
- Time: 2pm - 6pm
- Start Time: 3:33pm (the time of day that Holly was born)
- Types of Participants: Everyone is welcome, runners, walkers, bikers, rollerbladers, etc.
- Parking: Street parking is available on Twin Fir Road and parts of Wembley Park Road

- Course Map: Participants are given a course map at start area

Holly Hoop Course (10k):

Holly Hoop Course (5k):


As part of Holly-day, each year Holly’s family will find another family in the community who has experienced the tragedy of losing a child. During the Holly Hoop event a completely optional donation will be collected from participants and the money will go to the family that has experienced this loss to help them with specific needs associated with the death of their child. Donations will be accepted the day of the event or by mail @ 16165 SW Loon Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007.

We are really looking forward to the first Holly-day!

*I am so sad that I am unable to attend this special event for my niece, sister, brother in law and family. Please, if you are in Oregon, we would love for you to participate in this event.

For more information on this, click HERE


1 comment:

  1. I LOVE this idea. And I can't believe it's been a year. Love you Si


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