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Cherry Point couple using personal tragedy to help others

The 4th annual Run For Hope, which raises funds for SIDS research, is set for May 13 in Newport. It is held in honor of Chance Moskiewicz, who died of SIDS in 2013. (Merrilee Moore/NewChannel 12)

HAVELOCK, Craven County - Two-and-a-half months after bringing their son, Chance, into the world, Kyle and Michelle Moskiewicz had to say goodbye.

Their son died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - or SIDS - and it turned their entire world inside out.

"(It was) literally the farthest thing from our minds when it comes to ailments or anything like that," Kyle said. "So when everything happened, there's a long period of 'Why?'"

That was in 2013. In the years that followed, the couple - both active-duty Marines - turned their grief into something positive, seeing the need of other families enduring similar tragedies. It was, in part, sparked by meeting a family going through the same thing shortly after Chance's death.

"They had just bought everything that they needed for a baby. They were still paying off hospital bills. They had just gotten home three days prior when she lost her daughter," Michelle said. "And they couldn't afford a casket, they couldn't afford an urn, a burial service, so she ended up getting her daughter's ashes back in a plastic bag."

From that, the makings of the couple's nonprofit, Hope for Chance, emerged.

The organization has an annual fundraiser just around the corner - the Run For Hope - which is slated for May 13 at the community park in Newport. The goal is to raise $10,000.

More information and online registration is available at HopeForChance.org. For information about the race and to register, click here.

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