Run, run, as fast as you can

The Walk Me Home 5K is on May 12, 2012

Ravens who are feeling a little antsy to get out and moving about as the weather changes and spring comes back to town will have the perfect chance to do so, and with a good cause in mind.

KVC Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. is a non-profit corporation which provides medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education to children and families right here in Kansas City. KVC affects more than 40,000 children and families a day, with caring practices in five different states, including Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska and West Virginia.

Dealing with services for families working their way through the foster parent system, KVC offers a wide array of services including trauma systems therapy, telepsychiatry, and parent management training, with endorsements from the Joint Commission in 1991, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2008, changing lives with positive reinforcement and the gift of hope and care to all of those who seek out their aid.

The first annual Walk Me Home 5K benefiting KVC will take place on May 12, 2012 at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road in Lenexa, Kansas with check-in at 7:30 a.m. and official starting time at 9:00 a.m.

“The purpose of our 5K is to build foster care awareness as well as raise funds for our children in care,” event coordinator Jessica Doll said.

If you are a participant you should expect a challenging yet rewarding race through the terrain of Shawnee Mission Park,” Doll said. “It will be a day of fun!”

As the newest fundraising and awareness event for KVC’s Kansas district, this event is sure to start a brand new tradition that you will definitely want to be a part of. It is a way to support more than 1,200 children in Kansas foster care, and hundreds of people are already predicted to attend.

For more information about this incredibly moving 5K, check out to find out more about individual registration and how to form a team, donate to other participants, sponsor the event and volunteer.

With a goal of $10,000 and an increased awareness in foster care, there is still plenty of time to check your calendar and dust the cobwebs off of your running shoes, but it’s better to sort your ducks in the row earlier and start your fundraising now.

For those who aren’t exactly the athletic type, it is still possible to participate through volunteer work, where you will receive not only coveted community service hours, but a t-shirt and food in return for your hard work.

So don’t give up your new year’s resolutions regarding getting in shape and helping others quite yet, because this event could be just the thing you need to rekindle your original inspiration, and give you a chance to give back to your well-deserving community.

“All of the money raised will go to our Kid’s Activity Fund,” Doll said. “This fund allows for our foster children to participate in sports, clubs, field trips among other typical child activities.”