State High 5K to support grieving children, teens and their families

The State College Area High School senior class has organized “A Run to Remember,” a 5K run/walk for tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 19. It will benefit Tides, a program that supports grieving children, teens and their families.

“A Run to Remember is a community project that our senior senate feels strongly about and we are excited to start a tradition that won’t be forgotten,” said Senior Class President Marie Matthews. “Those of us who haven’t lost someone close to us can’t know what it’s like, but we can reach out to support programs like Tides and offer our support through this special fundraising race.”

The run/walk will begin and end at the State College Area High School Track. Runners of all levels and walkers are encouraged to participate and remember someone special or offer support to a grieving family member or friend. A special feature of the run/walk is a community mural where those racing or walking can write messages and the name of a loved one they are remembering. Following the race, the mural will be displayed at the  track.

Tides helps grieving children in a variety of ways, including through the CLIMB program, which is supported by a grant from us at CCCF. This 5K will ensure that programs like CLIMB, which helps children whose parents or loved ones have recently been diagnosed with cancer, can continue to help people in our community.

“Community support is the backbone of the Tides program,” said Leslie Finton, Tides executive director. “And the support of these outstanding teenagers at State High is especially touching not only because it will raise much needed funds for our programs but also because it shows a caring and compassion for their peers and younger children who have lost a loved one.”

It’s not too late to get involved. Participants can register tomorrow from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. for $25. Runners will begin at 9 a.m. and walkers will follow.

The top male and female runners will each win a $75 gift certificate to Rapid Transit, 115 S. Allen St.

Good luck to all of the runners and walkers!

-Erin

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