By Shelby Campbell
For the Troy Daily News
PLEASANT HILL — Six members of the Pleasant Hill community are being honored for their bravery in fighing life threatening health issues.
The annual Heart and Soles community fundraiser — which raises money in their honor — includes a pancake breakfast and bake sale, 1-mile fun run, a 5K run and a silent auction.
The proceeds go to the six honorees with life threatening health crises — Larry Powell, Kelly Lavy, Noreen Cook, Dallas Rose, Sierra Flanary and Colby Shellenberger — and their families.
Another portion of the proceeds provides scholarships for Newton seniors.
“Last year, the first year we provided scholarships, we were able to distribute three $1,000 scholarships to Newton students,” said organizer Brian Leingang. “We were able to do so with the support from Newton students, such as Kacie Tackett, who has helped organize fundraisers within the high school.”
The events begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 8 at 201 N. Long St., Pleasant Hill.
Registration includes T-shirts, breakfast, and the run for all registrants.
“My family was the first to be impacted by this event, and the support we got from the community was overwhelming,” Leingang said. “It was amazing to see 600 friends and strangers all coming together to support my son.”
To register, visit www.runsignup.com, call (937) 875-9690, email Heartandsoles45359@gmail.com, visit facebook.com/heartandsoles45395, or mail in to Heart and Soles, P.O. Box 163, Pleasant Hill OH 45395.
Shelby Campbell is a writer for the THS’s Trojan Tempo and will begin journalism school at Ohio University in the fall