A race is being held to help the family of a Salem boy killed when he was pulled into a woodchipper.
Jeffrey Bourgeois, 6, died while he was helping his father with landscaping work earlier this year.
Hundreds of people are running Friday night to find hope in the midst of a tragedy. The event, Jeffrey's Rainbow Run, was named because on the day of his vigil, a huge rainbow was seen and everyone knew it was a sign.
More than 300 people pre-registered for the event, and at least 100 more were expected to be at McCook Point Park on Friday night. On this hot and humid evening, people agree it's not ideal for running, but they're all out to support the entire Bourgeois family in Salem.
After the tragic accident, people from all over the area were heartbroken and wanted to do something to help.
The organizers of Jeffrey's Rainbow Run said they felt the same way.
"Salem had been a tight-knit community and helped the family a lot," said Kathryn Cambi. "We thought, well, East Lyme should really show our support for them as well."
Registration for the 5K run, walk or stroll began at 5 p.m., the race kicked off at 6 p.m. and the carnival was being held at 7 p.m.
Registration fees go to help the Jeffrey Bourgeois Family Fund.
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