On October 3, Belmont University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students volunteered at the annual Sara Walker Run to honor the life of a 2003 Belmont DPT alumna, Sara Pigg Walker. The Sara Walker Run is a fundraising event for various missions supported through the Sara Walker Foundation that are intended to help spread Walker’s message of hope to others through Jesus Christ.
This year marked the 12th Sara Walker Run, which takes place on the campus of Lipscomb University. The first Run occurred in April 2011 when Walker’s ‘Belmont PT family’ sought to find a way to raise funds for medical expenses to help Walker and her family when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Due to its huge success, and to continue to honor Walker, the annual Sara Walker Run continues today and serves as the Sara Walker Foundation’s main fundraising event.
Dr. Christi Williams, associate professor in the school of physical therapy and board member for the Sara Walker Foundation, shares Walker’s story with all incoming Belmont DPT students as she welcomes them into the ‘Belmont PT family’ and encourages them to help spread Walker’s message to others by participating in the event and/or volunteering to help with the Kids for Kids Fun Run. The student volunteers design various fun activities for the kids to participate in during the run. The Kids Fun Run was led by a group of Belmont DPT students while the other students created obstacles involving pool noodles, silly string, squirt guns and more.
The Sara Walker Foundation serves missions in Malawi, Ghana and Haiti, as well as locally at Belmont by sponsoring annual scholarships to Belmont DPT students.
To learn more about Walker’s story and the mission of the Sara Walker Foundation, click here.
There is still time to support this wonderful mission. Register for the Virtual Run and/or provide donations to the Sara Walker Foundation by following this link: https://sarawalkerfoundation.org/events/register-today/
Walker’s book, The Light Shines Through – A Story of Hope in the Midst of Suffering, can be found on Amazon. All proceeds from the book go to Sara’s two children for their college fund.