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Kate's Challenge
5K Run & 5K Walk

May 3, 2007       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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In Memory of Kate Carney

Kate's Challenge is a 5K run and 5K walk sponsored by Riversbend Rehabilitation. The race is being held Saturday, May 12, 2007 and begins at Bay Arenac Community High School. (1608 Hudson St., Essexville)

The race starts at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a "Tot trot" at 8:15 and a 1 mile angel walk at 9:00 a.m. To register call 989-686-3179.

The race is held in honor of Mary Kate Carney who was a speech therapist who started working in the field of Special Education, in 1986, with students who have all types of disabilities.

Carney was extremely devoted to her job and to the students that she worked with, her innovation and passion in improving the communication needs for all students was immeasurable.

Kate touched the lives of all students and their families, as well as the staff that she worked with, she was loved by everyone.

Unfortunately, on December 26, 1988 Kate lost her long and valiant fight with brain cancer and she passed away at the age of 35 years old. The family, friends and co-workers that Kate left behind were devastated by her loss. But in their sorrow also came the desire to never forgot the person who had touched so many lives in such a short lifetime.

Since Kate was an avid race walker and truly loved the sport, a decision was made to have a road race in her memory, first to commemorate her life but also to use this as a means to raise money to help kids.

Because of the success of the races, an endowment fund through the Bay Area Community Foundation was set up. The fund provides services to children and youths in Bay and Arenac counties that enhance their communication needs. The money raised is used to continually support the children that Kate cared so much about and also offers $500.00 scholarships to college students pursuing the fields of Speech Therapy and Special Education.

For more race information call 989-686-3179.

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