UAFS Students Organize Memorial Run for Boston Bombing Victims

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Students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith have organized a memorial run to raise funds for recent victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The event, named #BostonStrongFortSmith,  begins at 6 p.m., on Monday, April 29 at the Bell Tower on the UAFS campus.

UAFS student Casandra Bright, of Alma, who is vice chair of the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at UAFS, said her group is teaming up with Western Arkansas Runners to hold the three-mile walk/run.

“This run is not just for the people who will not be coming home,” said Bright. “It is for the runners who didn’t finish. It is for the runners who cannot run. It is to celebrate humanity and our undying effort to make the world better in the face of evil.”

Those walking and running will make the one-mile loop around the campus three times, one time for each victim who died when bombs exploded April 15 near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon.

Rose Deal and Casandra Bright

Rose Deal of Western Arkansas Runners and UAFS student Casandra Bright

Registration fees and donations are not required, but Bright said there is a recommended $5 donation.

Donations will go to The One Fund Boston Inc., an organization formed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to raise money to help those families most affected by the bombings.

Participants can write checks or bring cash, with ASME making one large donation to The One Fund.

Dr. Michael Reynolds of Fort Smith, faculty adviser for the ASME chapter, said he is proud of what the students are doing. For more information on the event, contact Reynolds at or 479-788-7719.


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