The fifth and final walk in honor of Alex Workman will be held Saturday, Aug. 17. Alex was a student from Mays Elementary who was diagnosed with autism while in Head Start. He passed away in a fatal snowmobile accident, but is remembered with an endowment fund set up in his honor.
The Alex Workman Memorial Fund is an endowed fund established to help families with autistic children pay for summer services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy, which might include horseback therapy, equipment not covered by insurance, and camp registrations at special camps for autistic children.
The fund can also be applied for by educators wishing to further their education by increasing their knowledge in classes about autism and other special needs.
The walk is a 5k and begins and ends in the Rush County Fairgrounds. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Prizes will be given to the first, second, and third place finishers of the walk.
Registration prices are as follows: $15 per walker (includes a shirt); $5 per walker (no shirt); $25 per family (includes two shirts); $10 for each additional shirt.
Before and after the walk there will be games and activities for families to participate in if they so choose with prizes given to every child that participates.
All donations are thankfully accepted and all proceeds from this event will be for the endowment fund. Checks should be made to the Rush County Community Foundation (or RCCF) with the memo: Alex Workman Memorial Fund.
Though this is the last year for the walk, other fundraising events will continue to build the fund through the future.
Organizers would like to thank all Rush county residents for their continuing support to such an important cause.