A child with bone cancer will benefit from an upcoming run at North Platte Community College.
The Mid-Plains Community College chapters of the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association and Licensed Practical Nursing Association of Nebraska will host a "Run For Your Life!" 5K and Kids' Mile run/walk on April 9.
Proceeds will be donated to Aiden Solon, a first grader at Eisenhower Elementary, who has been diagnosed with bone cancer.
It's the second year in a row that the nursing students have put on a charity race. Last year, proceeds were donated to the children of Michelle Heisz, a Stapleton woman who died in a car crash.
"This year, we asked chapter members to come forward with any causes in the community they had heard about that might benefit from our run," said Candi Myers, president of the college's NSSNA chapter. "Aiden's name came up because we have a member of our chapter whose son is in the same class as Aiden. We later found out that it's been Aiden's dream to participate in a 5K with his family, so pairing him with our fundraiser seemed like a natural fit."
The race will start behind the Health and Science Center on the NPCC South Campus. Registration will be from 8-8:45 a.m. A kids' mile, for participants 14 and younger, will start at 9 a.m. The adult 5K, for those 15 and older, will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The $25 entry fee includes a water bottle, snacks and refreshments. Registration forms are available on the "Run For Your Life! 5K and Kids' Mile" event page on Facebook.
Forms and payment can be mailed to MPCC HASC, Attn: Nicole Kissinger-Nursing, 601 W. State Farm Road, North Platte, NE 69101. They can also be dropped off in the nursing office in the Health and Science Center.
"We really want to encourage the community to come together for this – not just to support Aiden, but also to have fun and to spend time with friends and family," said Myers. "We will have babysitting available as well as face painting and other activities for the kids."
A limited amount of gold and black tutus will be for sale at a cost of $3 each. Those who register prior to April 1 are guaranteed a tutu on race day.
The 5K is not part of the Platte River Fitness series, however, medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division. Contestants will be divided by age and gender.