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Race funds to benefit Copeland, local non-profit

Posted: June 26, 2012 - 11:13pm
Special Photo  Aimee Copeland
Special Photo Aimee Copeland

Saturday’s Run for Aimee 5K Run/Walk is much more than a race.

Funds raised from the 5K will go to benefit not just Aimee Copeland, but also LifeSkills for Women, a local nonprofit helping women go from welfare to work.

Copeland, a 24-year-old college student from Snellville, Ga., captured national headlines after being injured in an accident while using a homemade zip line May 1. She developed necrotizing fasciitis, which has led to multiple amputations and the failure of five major organs. She is hospitalized in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital.

The race begins at the Augusta Canal Headgates at 8 a.m., with packet pickup starting at 7 a.m.

Signups for the race reached capacity during the weekend.

“We have had an overwhelming response,” Lisa Hall, one of the five race coordinators, said in an e-mail. “Because of the overwhelming response, we have reached capacity before our original deadline.”

As a result, Hall said, no more registrations are being accepted. However, spectators are encouraged to attend to cheer on the runners, and to participate in the silent auction being held during the event.

The auction includes massages, hotel stays and a dinner with Evans athlete and businessman Ryan Bowers, a recent contestant on The Bachelorette.

Copeland’s father Andy, mother Donna and sister Paige, are expected to be in attendance.

Andy Copeland posted a statement on Facebook about the run.

“This is an event that makes me very proud to participate in,” he wrote. “We will be sharing proceeds with a wonderful cause, Lifeskills for Women, a charitable organization that helps provide practical workplace skills that can help women find jobs, become productive members of society and gain self-esteem in the process. I told Aimee about this collaboration and she was truly enthused to know that she could lend support for such a worthy cause. I can’t wait to wear a number and participate.”

For information, go to www.active.com.

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