Photo Courtesy of Billy’s Place

The ninth annual Hike for Hope, Rocking through Grief, benefiting Billy’s Place will be held on Saturday, April 2 at 8 a.m. It will start and finish at Copper Hills Church near Sunrise Mountain, located at 27035 N. Black Rock Road in Peoria.

The hike is a family-friendly event, open to participants of all ages, and pets are welcome. It features therapy animals, music, raffles, activities, food, and fun to make for a memorable event. All hikers will start at the registration table anytime between 8 and 10 a.m. and then move through the activities and the self-guided hike with their group at their own pace. The closing ceremonies and raffle winners will be announced in-person to conclude the event at 11 a.m.

Registration is required in advance to ensure a T-shirt however participants can register up until the start of the hike at Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event as well.

Proceeds from the event benefit Billy’s Place, a safe community for grieving kids and families located in the West Valley. With amazing growth happening, there are several options of free peer support/education groups for children and their family members. The groups are open to those who have experienced the death of a mom, dad, brother, sister, or primary caregiver. Group members participate in activities that are designed to help them discuss death through their play, art, storytelling, music and talking.

“Our community has been so supportive of Billy’s Place while helping those who are struggling with grief,” says founder Juli McGreal. “This hike is such a great way to be outside, enjoy time with family and friends, and memorialize your special person.”

To register for Hike for Hope, Rocking through Grief, create a team or sponsor the event, visit