Truett-McConnell plans 5K charity event to benefit service dogs for veterans
Truett McConnell University has announced that it will host a 5k run/walk event to raise funds for K9 for warriors. The charity matches military veterans with rescue dogs turned service dogs in a program that helps heal lives.
The 5K will take place on Friday, April 8and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Truett McConnell University (TMU).
A noble cause
Jeremiah Lukers, assistant professor of exercise science at TMU, helped the university partner with K9 for warriors because of his passion for corporate health and supporting veterans.
“Spiritual, mental and physical health are all linked,” Lukers said. “If one is unbalanced, you can see the ramifications.”
Through this event, TMU will be able to serve veterans and encourage physical health in the local community.
K9 for warriors offers a unique way to help veterans who suffer from PTSD, brain damage and sexual trauma. The charity rescues dogs from shelters to train them as service dogs and pairs them with veterans to form a relationship that saves two lives. Their program has proven effective in helping veterans reduce suicidal ideation while saving the lives of 1,300 rescue dogs.
A journey to help
The route for the 5K charity event will cross many parts of the TMU campus, including the trails near the baseball field, mountain bike trails, soccer field, and the main entrance. Student volunteers will be needed to help prepare the course before the event.
TMU teachers and the community are also invited to help place markers around the course and manage water stations during the day. Additionally, students and faculty can help make the event a success by spreading the word to friends and family who may be interested in supporting the cause.
Since the 5K will cover different types of terrain, Lukers suggests participants wear running or hiking shoes. Additionally, merchandise will be available for purchase for attendees and volunteers on the day of the 5K event to help raise as much money as possible.
Registrations and donations
The 5K run/walk is open to all age and ability groups, including TMU students, faculty and the local community. The registration cost is $25, but participants are encouraged to make a donation. A specially designed t-shirt is included in the cost of participation.
Donations can be made whether you wish to participate or not.
“It’s a way of reaching out,” Lukers said. “The person who could benefit from the money we collect may not be saved. They may know that this money is from Truett McConnell, and we pray for them.