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“In Memory” 5K Set for Saturday, October 14

Spears (left) and Searcy (right) pose with photos of loved ones lost, whom they'll remember in the "In Memory" 5K.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Spears

ROCKINGHAM – Debbie Spears, of Rockingham, has taken the opportunity to turn a tragic event into a blessing for others.

In July, 2011, Spears lost her husband, David, in a tragic accident. Since then, she has sought opportunities to make her loss count for something, to bring hope out of hopelessness.

Spears will sponsor the inaugural “In Memory 5K run/walk” in memory of David to honor his legacy. This event will be held October 14, 2017, at Hitchcock Creek on Steele Street in Rockingham, and is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.

To register early for this event, go online at runsignup.com, search races, In Memory Run/Walk, Hitchcock Creek, or sign up on the day of the race, beginning at 8 a,m. Online registration ends October 12. Proceeds generated will be used as a ministry to individuals or families who have financial needs following the loss of a family member.

Spears asked a friend, Sandy Searcy, who also experienced the loss of her husband, if she would be interested in tagging with her to do this event.


“David was a runner and I thought it would be a great event for the community,” Spears said. “We should keep on living post-lost, living for the person we lost, living for the children left behind, and living for Him, who is the Lord who has sustained me through this whole experience.”

The proceeds made from the event will be used as a ministry called Live4Thim. Spears says the number 4 is significant because she and Searcy, together, have four children. She has three sons and Searcy has one. Spears’ hope is that this event will become a yearly occurrence.

Of the ministry, Spears stated, “Not everybody is prepared to lose someone and it is devastating to a lot of people; a power bill may need to be paid for the next month, groceries may need to be bought, or even burial expenses may need to be paid.”

Referrals or needs may be presented to Spears or Searcy and a determination will be made based on what the ministry can do to help.

It is the hope that every participant will wear a photo of the person they are walking or running in memory of. It can be a 4×6 photo pinned to the front or back of the participant’s shirt. Spears hopes that, “everyone will come out and enjoy the day with us.”

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