Supporters lining up to say: 'I Run With Adkins'
BY AMY FUHRMAN
Erin Riddile found a true friend in Cindy Adkins when she discovered they shared a love of dogs and running.
The two decided to tackle a 5.2-mile trail run together, and helped motivate each other to cross the finish line.
“Ever since then, we’ve been there for each other,” Riddile said.
That bond has continued as Adkins faces a second battle with cancer, with friends and members of the community rallying around her in support. Riddile said she wanted to do something to help Adkins with her mounting medical expenses, and a run seemed like a perfect fit with the roots of their friendship.
And so she has organized the “I Run With Adkins 5K Fun Run/Walk” on Dec. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Statesville Soccer Complex. In addition to the run, the event will feature a raffle table and a kindness rocks painting station.
All proceeds for the event will help support medical expenses for Adkins, who is a well-loved volunteer in the community. Earlier this year, Adkins was given the prestigious Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service in recognition of her tireless hours of volunteer work.
Now, it is the community's turn to give back. Riddile said the most important goal for the run is to show Adkins how many people are running alongside her as she faces her cancer battle.
“Cindy is such an involved person. She donates her time and heart to so many things, and she is always there for others,” Riddile said. "I felt like I had to do something to help."
Offers of support, from sponsorships to raffle items to volunteer sign-ups, have been overwhelming, Riddile said. “Every time I open my email, there’s a message saying, ‘I want to help,’” she said.
For her part, Adkins said the many efforts throughout the community on her behalf have truly touched her heart.
"The support of this community has been overwhelming,” she said.
If you pre-register for the 5K, the cost is $20. Pre-registration continues through Dec. 2, and registration is available Dec. 3, the day of the race. Those not wishing to run can make a donation through the Go Fund Me page listed below. Also, those not running can still purchase an 'I Run With Adkins' t-shirt for $12 while supplies last.
WANT TO GO?
What: I Run With Adkins 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit Cindy Adkins
When: Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. from 2-5 p.m.
Where: Statesville Soccer Complex
Cost: $20 to pre-register by Dec. 2, $25 day of the race. Registration includes a T-shirt