Control an led and a led strip in one script.

Good Day, I am a newbee to this so please be patient with me. I have been successful in getting a small 9 led strip to fade in white repeatedly. What I am struggling with is adding the code for a red led on pin 3 and have it initialize on power to just simply blink on and off. while the led strip fades. Here is the code I have for the strip which works. What I need help with is adding the code to blink the red led and I do not have clue where to add it and in what order to make it function along with the strip of leds. Here is my code so far:
#include <Adafruit_NeoPixel.h>
#ifdef AVR
#include <avr/power.h> // Required for 16 MHz Adafruit Trinket

#define PIN 2
#define NUMPIXELS 9

// Declare our NeoPixel strip object:
Adafruit_NeoPixel strip(LED_COUNT, LED_PIN, NEO_GRB + NEO_KHZ800);
// Argument 1 = Number of pixels in NeoPixel strip
// Argument 2 = Arduino pin number (most are valid)
// Argument 3 = Pixel type flags, add together as needed:
// NEO_KHZ800 800 KHz bitstream (most NeoPixel products w/WS2812 LEDs)
// NEO_KHZ400 400 KHz (classic ā€˜v1ā€™ (not v2) FLORA pixels, WS2811 drivers)
// NEO_GRB Pixels are wired for GRB bitstream (most NeoPixel products)
// NEO_RGB Pixels are wired for RGB bitstream (v1 FLORA pixels, not v2)
// NEO_RGBW Pixels are wired for RGBW bitstream (NeoPixel RGBW products)

void setup() {
// These lines are specifically to support the Adafruit Trinket 5V 16 MHz.
// Any other board, you can remove this part (but no harm leaving it):
#if defined(AVR_ATtiny85) && (F_CPU == 16000000)
// END of Trinket-specific code.

strip.begin(); // INITIALIZE NeoPixel strip object (REQUIRED); // Turn OFF all pixels ASAP
strip.setBrightness(50); // Set BRIGHTNESS to about 1/5 (max = 255)

void loop() {

// 0 to 255
void brighten() {
uint16_t i, j;

for (j = 45; j < 255; j++) {
for (i = 0; i < strip.numPixels(); i++) {
strip.setPixelColor(i, j, j, j);

// 255 to 0
void darken() {
uint16_t i, j;

for (j = 255; j > 45; jā€“) {
for (i = 0; i < strip.numPixels(); i++) {
strip.setPixelColor(i, j, j, j);

So can anyone advise what to add and where in the script?
Thank you in advance for your help.

You will need to get rid of those delays. Non-blocking timing tutorials:
Several things at a time.
Beginner's guide to millis().
Blink without delay().

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