October 17, 2014 - 9:00 a.m.
The date is set for the sixth annual Colton's Main Street Run. The Run is held in memory of Colton Sherrill, son of Trace and Dena Sherrill. The 10-year old athlete and Durant Main Street volunteer passed away four years ago while playing basketball from an unknown heart defect.
Proceeds will benefit the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund and Durant Main Street for community projects, purchase of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) for schools and sporting venues, and CPR/AED Certification training for all Bryan County teachers, community personnel, coaches umpires and referees.
Colton would have been a senior this year and it is our goal to give 20 scholarships to area seniors in his memory.
The previous runs were a great success allowing us to get a start on our long-term goals! We were able to purchase 38 AED's, provide CPR/AED Certification training to over 426 teachers, coaches and support staff, and have endowed the Colton Sherrill Memorial Scholarship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. We have provided training to the following schools: Durant High School, Durant Middle School, Durant Intermediate School, Washington Irving, Northwest Heights, Robert E.Lee, Bennington ISD, Achille, and Calera.
A teacher at Washington Irving Elementary said she wasn't familiar with Colton's Main Street Run but after researching it, said, "I am very impressed with the things supported by this event and I wanted to express my gratitude for the CPR training that was provided to the staff at Washington Irving. This new, life-saving skill makes me feel like a better mother, teacher, and person in general."
Another teacher said, "I have been "certified" online, but it's not the same as having the opportunity to actually practice and get feedback about whether or not it is being done properly. All of us at Robert E. Lee are grateful for the opportunity to do that and I know I feel much better about the safety of my students and my own kids as well as adults. Thank you again for the opportunity we teachers and faculty would otherwise not have had. I hope it never happens, but if we ever do have to perform CPR, that child or adult will have you to thank."
Please join us for the 2014 Colton's Run and keep the momentum going!
Thank you for participating, sponsoring and volunteering, but most of all thank you for remembering, and creating new memories with us.