(Bright, Ind.) – A fundraiser will be held Saturday to remember a young boy who died in a tragic accident.
Three-year-old Jack Carpenter died after being struck by a distracted driver on North Dearborn Road in Bright one year ago Wednesday, September 7. He was playing in the front yard of his grandmother’s home with his sister when they ran into the busy road.
Since the accident, Jack’s family including parents Allan and Beth have made it their missing to promote driver awareness.
The Still Running 5K Run/Walk will be a step towards that. It’s named after one of the youngster’s favorite activities.
“We want to take our tragedy and turn it into something positive in our community,” organizers state on the event website. “If we can open up just one person’s eyes to raise awareness and touch one family’s heart then we’ve helped fill ‘our’ hearts with hope and healing.”
The race will be held Saturday beginning 9:00 a.m. at Bright Christian Church, rain or shine. Registration begins at 7:45.
Proceeds from the race go to the Jack’s Forever Three Foundation, which has set a goal of $50,000. Those funds will be distributed to local sheriff’s departments and non-profit organizations that promote driver awareness.
Runners and walkers can register for $20 prior to Saturday. The price rises to $25 per walker or runner on race day. A family registration is $60 in advance or $65 on Saturday. T-shirts are available.
The race course goes north on Stateline Road from Bright Christian Church, to a left onto North Dearborn Road heading west. Runners will turn around at Bright Leaf Drive and backtrack to the start/finish line. Traffic on those roads may be affected during the race.
Jack's Forever 3 Foundation, Inc. - http://www.jacksforever3.com/