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Thumbs Up High 5K

For the past 5 years, this run, walk, bike, blade event has been offering a day of family fun, while raising money for mental health, suicide awareness and prevention. They have used TRCF grants to provide emotional support dogs for people and families devastated by suicide, or suffering from PTSD.

Last year, the day before our event, we met a family at registration who had just lost their dad to suicide. Before the dad passed away, he decided to give away their family dog. Not only did the children lose their dad in this tragic way, but they also lost their beloved family dog and the house that they had grown up in. When we heard their story, we just knew we had to get them a new dog.

They were absolutely elated and the dog has healed both of the children emotionally. Their mom sends us pictures monthly saying that this is the gift that keeps on giving. When one of her children are sick, the dog doesn’t leave their side.

Without TRCF grant money, this wouldn’t have been possible. We are so excited to do this yearly, moving forward. We are beyond thankful for your grant and all that you do for our community.

Katie Shatusky
Founder & President, Thumbs Up 5K and 10K

www.thumbsuphigh5k.com

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