Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K a Success

Thursday, October 2, 2014
In a cloud of yellow dust, dozens of runners and walkers began the annual Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K on Saturday morning. This year the annual fundraiser benefited PES student Dayton Gilkison, and his family.

The turnout was impressive, and the weather near perfect, for the annual Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K Run and Walk held Saturday, Sept. 27. This year the annual fundraiser benefited Piggott Elementary School student Dayton Gilkison, who continues to battle a rare former of leukemia.

The Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K is held each fall and is co-sponsored by the South Thornton Street Church of Christ and the Mohawk Basketball Booster Club. This year the proceeds from the event benefited Gilkison, the 10 year old son of Joey and Heather Gilkison of Piggott.

In August of 2013 Dayton was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and spent much of the following school year in treatment. But, thanks to the efforts of the doctors and nurses at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, he has improved in the months since. But, the health care experts also note Dayton will likely require treatments for the next two to three years in order to fully beat the illness.

Dayton Gilkison gets a few words of encouragement from his teacher, Sherri Wright, prior to Saturday's Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K

Dayton is now a member of Sherri Wright's fifth grade class at PES. Wright, who is a cancer survivor herself, was on hand prior to the event Saturday morning to offer her student words of encouragement and support.

This year's Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K also had a different look, as the event was held as a color run. As a color run, participants who chose to take part wore white t-shirts and were "painted" along the route with bright tempera powdered watercolors. Others, who chose not to be adorned, wore dark shirts.

Those taking part this year organized along South Taylor Street, behind the church, and prior to the start most of the runners were given a light coating of yellow. This was followed-up by a dash of orange as they passed the PHS gym. The final color stop was at Emmanuel Baptist Church, where green was the featured hue. The end result were multi-colored runners of all ages, giving the event an even more festive look under the early fall sun.

As of press time the totals on the number of runners, and how much was raised, were still being tabulated, although organizers note this year's event was a big success.

The Rickman/Brown Memorial Run is held in memory of two former Piggott students, Erica Rickman and Matthew Brown, who each lost their own gallant battle with cancer. Those wanting to support the annual effort, or make a donation to the current cause, may contact Karen Coomer at 870 598-4392 or call the church office at 870 598-3250.

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