The fourth annual Hudson Wade 5K will take place on Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m.
The Hudson Wade 5k (HW5K) raises money and awareness for pediatric cancer awareness, in memory of Hudson Wade who was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 11, and died two years later.
In 2014, the ACU Student Athlete Advisory Committee, led by Kyle Karnei, founded the Hudson Wade 5K in support of Wade and his parents Kirk, the president of Abilene christian schools, and Laura, staff member of the ACU nursing school. In February of 2016, Hudson lost his battle to Leukemia.
“Hudson’s battle served as an inspiration to thousands on multiple continents as the Wade family showed their faith and trust in God through even the toughest of times,” said Josh Fink, financial management major from Coppell and SAAC president.
“I was moved to see [the Wade family] live out a mindset that involved putting faith over fear,” said Karnei.
Beginning last year, the HW5K moved its proceeds to support the Play 4 Rex Foundation, an organization created by Lance and Jill Fleming to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research and patients–supplying toys, games, and more.
Through its continuation, the HW5K has seen more than $15,000 raised, each year gaining over $5,000 so far. For the 3rd annual race, more than 300 runners came to attend.
“The 5K helps bring people together in the spirit of love, faith, and courage to support each other and the community,” said Lisa Gilmore, senior associate director of athletics for student athlete welfare.
The race sees the likes of My Emergency Room 24/7 and SGA sponsoring the event. Beginning at the Hardin Administration Building, the 5K is a loop and a half on the Lundsford Trail, ending at the Hunter Welcome Center.
The race is sponsored by SGA and My Emergency Room 24/7. Beginning in front of the Hardin Administration Building, the 5K will continue around the Lundsford Trail for one-and-a-half laps, ending at the Hunter Welcome Center.