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Hope and Kyle Forti, of Colorado Springs, were among five Colorado foster families honored at an event celebrating National Foster Care Month Saturday at the Governor's Mansion in Denver.

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A memorial service honoring Kyle Forti, the Colorado Springs political consultant and foster care advocate who died last week in a helicopter crash in Kenya, has been rescheduled due to lingering effects of the blizzard that blasted Colorado, his family said.

The service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St., in Colorado Springs, with a reception to follow at the same location.

Forti's family said they decided to postpone the event originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon because travel on snowy Front Range roads was hazardous, and by late morning Thursday, major routes to Colorado Springs remained closed.

"We did not want to risk any more death on these roads," wrote Hope Forti, his widow, in a Facebook post.

Forti died March 3 at the age of 29 while traveling with friends in Kenya.

Three other Americans and the Kenyan pilot were killed in a crash, which is under investigation.

Hope is encouraging friends to bring memories and photos of Kyle to share.

She is urging friends to attend a foster parent information session rather than send flowers to the service, saying that's what her husband would have wanted.

"He would want me to use this as a chance to ask people to think about it, to examine foster parenting," she said.

Children are welcome at the service, which will have a supervised play area.

"Bring your children and tell them the truth. They can handle it," Hope wrote in a Facebook post. "This is one place we cannot let their imaginations go free."

The Fortis have served as foster parents and volunteered as Court-Appointed Special Advocates of the Pikes Peak Region.

In 2017, they were among five Colorado foster families honored in a ceremony at the Governor's Residence as part of National Foster Care Month.

Hope Forti is asking friends to consider donating to Foster Together Colorado, the nonprofit the couple founded in 2016 to support foster parents.

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