Over 600 family members, friends, classmates and community members showed up to Etowah River Park Saturday morning to run, volunteer in or watch the Bree's Miles of Memories 5K to honor the late Breanna Chadwick.
The 5K was established as a fundraiser for the Breanna Leigh Chadwick Memorial Foundation.
The event, inspired by Breana Chadwick's love of running and Dr. Seuss, featured family members, her friends and classmates, community members and people who Chadwick helped in her life.
Breanna Chadwick was an organ donor, and her heart recipient, Renee Wheat, started the race. The family flew Wheat out from Maryland so she could participate in Chadwick's honor.
"Bree's Miles of Memories 5K" is planned be an annual event that will be held around Chadwick's birthday, Jan. 26.
"It was an overwhelming turnout — we had 326 paid runners, over 100 volunteers to help with the event and over 200 people showed up to cheer people on and spectate," said Heath Chadwick, Breanna Chadwick's father. "We don't have the exact dollar amount raised, but all of the proceeds raised from the event will go towards scholarships, charities and sponsorships of college graduates becoming teachers. It's humbling."
For more information on the foundation, visit www.thebreannaleigh.com.
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