Rickman/Brown Memorial Run is Set

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Tucker Dunlap and his dad, Bradley, speaking to PES first graders about juvenile diabetes recently. Tucker, along with Tyler Warbritton, are serving as poster boys for the event. Both are students at PES, and both were diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in 2012

The third annual Rickman/Brown Memorial Run is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Piggott. The 5K fun run and walk will begin in the parking lot of the South Thornton Street Church of Christ, at 745 South Thornton Avenue, and pre-registration continues. The run is dedicated to the memories of two former Piggott students, Erica Rickman and Matthew Brown, who both lost gallant battles with cancer.

The first Rickman/Brown Memorial Run was held two years ago to benefit the family of Matthew Brown. Last fall a handful of participants braved chilly weather to participate, with the proceeds from the event earmarked to help pay for a trophy case for the new PHS gym to be dedicated in their names.

This year's event, which is sponsored by the PHS Basketball Boosters and the South Thornton Street Church of Christ, will raise money for the fight against juvenile diabetes. Serving as poster boys for the effort are Tucker Dunlap and Tyler Warbritton, both students at Piggott Elementary School, and both were diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes in 2012.

All proceeds from this year's Rickman/Brown Memorial Run will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and the battle against the disease. The entry fee for runners or walkers is $10, or for the same cost you may sponsor a participant. Those wanting to help, but choosing not to run or walk, may do so by making a $20 donation and the entry fee for kids under the age of 12 is $5.

Organizers note lunch will be provided following the event, and they invite everyone to come out and be a part of the fundraiser. "You can run, walk or even ride your bike--just please make plans to participate," a spokesman noted.

The effort has also received backing from local businesses, including financial support from Piggott State Bank. Those taking part in the run will also be able to benefit from a special promotion following the event, as they can take advantage of a 10 percent discount on items at The Treasure Chest, Sugar Creek Kids, Feather Your Nest and Piggott Florist (excluding Merle Norman products)just by displaying their bracelet from the walk.

Other local fundraising efforts have also been organized for the JDRF, including a weekly "hat day" at PES. From now until Christmas, students will have the opportunity to make a donation for the privilege of wearing their favorite hat to school on Fridays, with the proceeds benefiting the fight against juvenile diabetes.

Those wanting more information, or to pre-register, for the Rickman/Brown Memorial Run may contact Karen Coomer at 870 598-4392 or Jeremy Pierce at 870 324-1575. For more information on the JDFR, and the battle against juvenile diabetes, you may visit them online at www.JDRF.org

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