Posted Online: April 17, 2013, 2:39 pm
Promote local adoption through 4th Annual Adoption Option 5K
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Press release submitted by Leigh Geramanis
Coal Valley native seeks to promote local adoption through 4th Annual Adoption Option 5K
Coal Valley, IL / April 17, 2013 -- The Adoption Option 5K Walk/Run is seeking runners, walkers and volunteers willing to be part of a healthy, family-friendly event that raises money and awareness about adoption as an option for families seeking to grow. The 4th Annual Adoption Option Run will take place Saturday, June 22nd starting at 7:30 a.m. at Coal Valley Municipal Park. Organizers hope to attract 400 runners and walkers to participate in the event this year, and are seeking to raise $10,000 this year for the Dave Thomas Foundation, which promotes and helps fund adoptions.
The Adoption Option 5K Walk/Run route is designed as a perfect training run for those seeking to run the Bix 7 race. The slow and steady hills of the route in Coal Valley provide the challenge needed to prepare serious runners, while providing walkers with an invigorating walk. Awards will be presented for the individual Top 3 female and Top 3 male finishers in the 5k run and Top 3 female and Top 3 male finishers in each age division. Participants are also encouraged to form four person teams to compete for prizes. Awards will be given for the Top 3 Teams, (4 member teams, co-ed teams welcome). A half-mile children's fun run will take place at the conclusion of the official Adoption Option Run in Coal Valley Municipal Park.
Eric White, an avid runner and adoptee, organized the first Adoption Option Run in 2010 when he was just 17 years old. White was adopted as an infant by Duane and Mary Ann White, owners of the Corn Crib Nursery LLC in Coal Valley and sponsors of the event. Eric says he wants others to know about the wonderful life his adoptive parents gave him, and hopes real life success stories like his will give hope to couples who are struggling with infertility and inspiration to women facing unplanned pregnancies. It's sad that for every infant who is successfully adopted, there are as many as 36 couples who are waiting to adopt an infant, according to adoption industry sources.
The cost of a domestic adoption can run from $10-40,000. White hopes this year's event will help facilitate at least one new adoption, and will inspire people to think more intelligently about adoption, rather than accepting inaccurate stereotypes as fact. White adds, "There are so many stories, like mine, of happy well-adjusted kids who have been adopted into wonderful families. There is potential for so many more stories like mine, and our goal is to help more adoptions happen. There is such a need."
One wonderful by-product of previous Adoption Option Runs has been the conversations sparked among families who have been touched by adoption. One recent participant was inspired to act, and has begun the process of locating his birth parents. That person had contemplated for years initiating the search, but didn't take action until he participated in the Adoption Option Run. White has also come to realize how his own adoption allowed the continuation of the White's family name. Corn Crib Nursery, LLC and Blackhawk Bank & Trust are the title sponsors of the Adoption Option 5K Walk/Run. To register to participate go to: www.getmeregistered.com. To sign up as a volunteer, contact Eric White at (309) 781-7749 or Adoptionoption5k@ymail.com.