Bishop Noll students and staff get involved in Love, Jessica’s most recent 5k run

April Sepulveda, Staff Reporter

On Oct. 9 Love, Jessica, a local charity that raises money for families who have experienced miscarriages, hosted their first 5k race for a cause on the Wolf Lake pavilion. 

The charity was founded by Jennifer Jara and along with her husband Joaquin Jara, Bishop Noll alum, class of 2000.

Mrs. Lorenza Pastrick, Bishop Noll principal and sister to Joaquin,  helped with the 5k race by having students sign up to volunteer. She also decided to challenge herself and show support for her niece Jessica and nephews that she lost by running. 

“I am simply a participant, my sister-in-aw is the president and I am willing to help her with whatever she needs,” Pastrick said.

Ms. Zarahi Gómez, Spanish teacher, also helped out in their most recent 5k run. Gomez was in charge of checking in the runners and giving them their swag bags. She also helped setting up tables and cleaning up after the event.

“I decided to volunteer for this event because I want to support a good cause,” Gomez said. “Love, Jessica raises money to help families that have experienced a miscarriage or loss of a baby. I also had family and friends participating in the run and decided to do my part to help out.” 

This charity also has special meaning for Gomez. . 

“I have very close friends that have experienced the loss of a baby and can not even imagine the pain they go through physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially,” Gomez said. “This is a great charity that helps families when they need it the most.”

Students who are interested in volunteering for the cause can get involved through several ways. For more information you can visit their website at .

 “They can support by raising awareness of a worthy cause, support by doing fundraisers throughout the year, they did the 5k (inaugural) but they also raffle items and take donations all year round,” Pastrick said.