“We have several sponsors this year and we really appreciate their support and believing in this cause, which we are truly dedicated to. We’re also recognizing the Marine Corps to thank them for their service and thank all past, present and retired military personnel for serving our country,” Ingram-Stone said. “We’re very passionate about this. We want to be able to educate people about heart disease and in turn save lives.”
Last year’s inaugural race included more than 140 participants, volunteers and vendors.
“Our first event was very successful. It was greatly supported by the community, and we were able to give three scholarships last year,” Ingram-Stone said. “This year we have people coming from Denver and we’re hoping to grow every year with the support of the medical community and central Georgia. “
The oldest of four children, Bill Ingram served in the Milledgeville community as a machinist at Rheem and a health services technician at Central State Hospital. He also volunteered in the community by providing transportation for Feed the Hungry of Milledgeville, for citizens during local elections and for the elderly needing to run everyday errands. He was a loving son, brother, husband and father, and a devoted contributor to the community. In 2005, Bill died of a stroke at age 48.
Melvin Ingram dedicated more than 25 years of service to the United States Marine Corps, where he held various military positions, including engineering officer, platoon commander and maintenance management and operations officer. An alumnus of Baldwin High School and Savannah State University, Melvin was a loving son and father who believed in advancing academically and professional. He died of a heart attack in 2011 at age 52 while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
“This is a very humbling experience for me; it’s a very emotional time for us, but it’s a way to pay tribute to my brothers,” Ingram-Stone said. “ It’s been a very difficult time for our family, but our faith has gotten us through. We thank everyone for supporting us with what we’re doing.”
For more information about the annual event, to register, or donate funds for the scholarship call Ingram-Stone at 360-909-1739, or visit www.meltingram.com.
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