Running To Remember Those Lost

Hundreds of biodegradable balloons lift off towards the heaven on Saturday morning. Many of the balloons had personal messages written on them.

Hundreds of biodegradable balloons lift off towards the heaven on Saturday morning. Many of the balloons had personal messages written on them.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Annual ‘Run In The Sun’ hosted by Mahaska Health Partnership is a way for those individuals who have lost someone to give back to the service that was there for them in those final days.

Deb Munley was there to honor the memory of her coworker Kevin Mitrisin.

Munley is a cancer survivor and said that friends, family and faith helped her survive. With that in mind, she wanted to help support the mission of hospice that was there for her friend and coworker at Hy-Vee.

Cathy Stahl with Mahaska Health Partnership said that nearly $20,000 was raised through corporate sponsors for ‘Run in the Sun’.

A total amount raised won’t be known for a few days, until participant fees are all counted.

Mahaska Health Partnership CEO Kevin DeRonde thanked those in attendance for participating. “We’re just so fortunate to be a part of such a great team.”

DeRonde recognized the staff of the Serenity House and the work that they do. “Thank you for caring for our patients. We really do appreciate it.”

“Your support has allowed us to provide unmatched compassionate care and support for this community”, added DeRonde. “I really enjoy being a part of this team.”

“That’s our mission at MHP is working as a team, to support and enhance the health and well-being of the community we serve,” added DeRonde.

“This is truely an amazing thing to see,” added DeRonde as he looked out over the crowd of participants, reported to be near 380.

DeRonde recognized the many teams participants were a part of, including the 52 members of “Team Kevin, Thank You For Your Business” was the largest team this year.

Kevin Mitrisin worked at the Oskaloosa Hy-Vee for 28 years and never missed a day of work during that time, DeRonde shared. “Truly was a blessing to the people at Hy-Vee. We’re joined by his coworkers, his family, so we just want to welcome you. Thank you for coming.”

There was a chip timed 5k run, and a fun 1 mile walk for participants to choose from.

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