MILLEDGEVILLE — Barbara Ingram-Stone is urging the community to get informed about risks associated with heart disease and methods of prevention.
This weekend’s Ingram Family Foundation’s 5K is held annually in memory of her beloved brothers who lost their lives to the deadly disease.
“I wanted to create something that showed my brothers’ love for this community and become a life-changing cause so others would not loose love ones so early,” Ingram-Stone said. “I wanted to make a difference by raising awareness, so I partnered with the health department. Central Georgia is the number one area in Georgia for people with cardiovascular disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.”
The second annual Lt. Col. (Ret.) Melvin T. Ingram, USMC, 5K Memorial Family Run/Walk is slated Saturday at Oak Hill Middle School. The race also honors Willie “Bill” R. Ingram Jr. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. for $25 per person. The race starts promptly at 8 a.m.
“The race is an opportunity for us to raise awareness about heart disease to the middle Georgia community. The event also helps raise scholarship funds for local students planning to pursue an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, NROTC or chemistry,” Ingram-Stone said. “The more support the race gains, the more we can help decrease chances of our community members subjecting themselves to heart disease at any age.”
The race will include informational booths, T-shirts and goodie bags for participants as well as awards for the top runners. Keith Mitchell, program manager of the Georgia Department of Public Health Cardiovascular Health Initiative Program, will share health tips as well. The event’s guest speaker, retired head coach Narleski “Chip” Malone of Warner Robins High School, will deliver an inspirational speech on his experience of undergoing a heart transplant.