"On my eldest son Ben's sixth birthday, my wife Cindy was rushed into hospital for an emergency C-section to deliver our stillborn son Jake. Just four days later Cindy slipped into a coma in the middle of the night and died shortly after. Part of what the Sunshine Beach Run is about for me, but also for others who have also lost a child or partner, is trying to emphasise what we have lost, but also give my two boys, Sam and Ben, a good memory of their mum and brother Jake."
"Cindy was my sunshine and that is what the run is about," he said.
Melanie Manning, together with her husband Sean, and children,were the first people to register for the 2016 Sunshine Beach Run when registrations opened late last year and said she understands only too well what Chris means.
Melanie has participated in the last three Sunshine Beach Runs in honour of her daughter Mylee, who passed away at just 15 and a half months old in 2012.
"We put Mylee to bed one night as a healthy, happy little girl and in the morning when I went to get her, every parent's worst nightmare was our reality. Mylee had passed away during the night without any warning. Not even a sound," Melanie explained.
"The Sunshine Beach Run is a beautiful event and gives us the opportunity to remember our daughter and channel our grief in a positive way. It is important for us to show our other children that even though bad things can happen in life it's how you rise from the tragedy that defines you: the Sunshine Beach Run gives us that opportunity."