After going to a "fun run" for childhood cancer, I realized that very few people are "aware" of the fact that childhood cancer is so underfunded. So I decided to try and have my own fundraiser. I decided to try my had at a 5K. I was told to contact Gil Mitchum to see if he could help me. (I had never even seen a 5K, much less organized one). Little did I know that an amazing partnership would be formed. Gil and I partnered with the Ozark Trail Festival, and they agreed to donate all of the proceeds of the festival to Fight Like A Kid. We knew we would be lucky to have 100 participants and raise a few thousand dollars. On race day, we were shocked to have 167 participants and raise $11,597.11 for Childhood Cancer Research at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
In 2014, Gil and I decided to only do a 5K. We were not a part of the Ozark Trail Festival this year, so we knew we had to make up the difference. I wanted to make sure we at least met 2013's donation. I had told myself a few times that I would love to raise $15,000, but knew that probably wouldn't happen. I went out and gathered up all of the sponsors that I could, and we spread the word like crazy to get as many participants as we could. And...... WE DID IT!!!!!! We raised $15,000!!!
With 2015 came a change of venue. This was the first year that the 5K would be held at Dam Site Park in Heber Springs. This allowed the space needed for bounce houses (donated by Keller Bounce House)! We were also able to have Centennial Bank bring their cooker out to serve hot dogs and hamburgers after the race. The traffic was lighter, and the views were better!!!
This year was our biggest yet. With 202 participants, we were able to raise just over $8,000 to send a child with cancer on her Make-A-Wish trip!