The benefit run will offer three options. Runners or walkers may
choose to take one lap, which is about 1.55 miles, or two laps,
which would be about 3.1 miles.
There will also be a virtual runner option. Signing up as a
virtual runner means the person will pay the registration fee and
receive a shirt but does not have to walk or run the course.
Currently the online registration for this event has been closed,
but participants may register the day of the race. Shirts
commemorating the event will be offered until supplies run out.
No electronic timing system will be used for this event. The race
will be timed by stopwatch, with volunteers calling out times as
runners cross the finish line.
Refreshments will be available after the race.
All proceeds from the race will go to benefit Kaylee Helton
and her family. Kaylee is a 14-year-old student at Lincoln
Community High School and a graduate of New Holland-Middletown.
Last fall Kaylee was hospitalized in critical condition in St.
Louis with a massive pulmonary embolism that caused heart, lung
and kidney failure.
Cross invites eligible donors to give blood during National Blood Donor
PEORIA — January is
National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross invites those who are
eligible to join the millions of blood donors across the country in helping
ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.
People have many different reasons for
donating blood. Jill Long's is her late husband, Bill, who died from
esophageal cancer. After his Stage 4 diagnosis, he was able to
survive for three more years, thanks in part to the blood
transfusions he received. Long said she believes "the gift of time"
is what blood donors really give.
"It took me only a few minutes to
donate my blood, while he spent all day receiving someone else's —
just so that he could keep fighting to stay alive," she said.
They were both grateful for that
opportunity to fight, Long said. Now, as a blood donor, she said she
feels like she can help other families in similar situations "battle
to stay together as long as possible."
January can be a difficult month to
collect donations, due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.
The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to
give during National Blood Donor Month by visiting
calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming Red Cross blood donation opportunity in Logan County:
- Jan. 15, from noon to 5 p.m.,
at the Lincoln Park District sports complex, 1400 Primm Road in