We want to remember, thank, and honor Jeremy Blackburn for all that he has done for the people of the Central African Republic. Jeremy passed away last night after a battle with cancer.
Six years ago, Jeremy took the initiative and organized the first Run4Others 5k race in Winona Lake Indiana, raising money for the people of the Central African Republic. Although we have many generous donors, Jeremy was special to us, not because of how much he was able to donate, but because he found a way to use his gifts, interests, and abilities to serve a greater cause. When he organized the first Run4Others 5k, he was a recent high-school grad working as a server at a local restaurant. He didn’t have the financial means to make big donations. But he was determined to do something to help kids in the Central African Republic…and he did it.
Above: Jeremy waiting to start the 2014 Run4Others race.
After that first race, Jeremy helped organize 4 more races, with hundreds of runners learning about the cause he supported, and raising over $10,000 in donations for Water for Good.
Thank you Jeremy, for being an inspiration to all of us, encouraging us to get out there and use our gifts and abilities to make a difference in the world, regardless of the resources we have at our disposal!
Above: Jeremy shakes hands with Tom Miller after the 2014 Run4Others race.
Below: Luke Wright (MudLOVE) and Jim Hocking (Water for Good) finished the 5k together in 2014.
Above: Doug Koontz, Jeremy’s close friend and care giver as Jeremy battled with cancer, finishing the 5k in 2014