Looking for some motivation to get in shape? Join your friends and neighbors at the third annual “Make them Smile…Give them Hope” Zach Tucker Memorial 5K run and one-mile Fun Run at Lithia Springs Elementary on Saturday, October 27.  The event will be chipped timed for those participants who are looking for some great competition, but will also have a fun element of allowing participants to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes as well. “We were very pleased with the growth of the event for our second year,” said Sherry Tucker, director of the Giving Hope through Faith Foundation.  “Knowing their participation was going to make a difference to a family that is in a battle with cancer really motivated all levels of runners and walkers to join in last year.”

The race proceeds will benefit families in the Tampa Bay area by providing one year of monthly care packages.  Each package contains messages of hope and encouragement along with gift cards. The majority of the families served are dealing with pediatric cancer, something the Tucker’s are very familiar with – their son, Zach, battled brain cancer for 10 months during his third grade year at Lithia Springs Elementary.  After his death, the organization was started to address needs the Tucker’s realized others would face.  “Losing Zach was the hardest thing we will ever have to face.  During his treatment we received an overwhelming level of support from our friends and family, but we knew others might not be as fortunate.  We also knew having strong spiritual support was the only way we were able to face many of the difficult challenges that came during our journey. “

The event will start at 8:00 a.m. at Lithia Springs Elementary, and take participants through the beautifully shaded River Hills Community. The entry fee is $25 for pre-registration and $30 after Thursday, October 25.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  All participants can register on Active.com or by going to www.givinghopethroughfaith.org. Call Sherry or Dirk Tucker at 813-685-6773 for more information.


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.