The Steven K. Latimer Memorial Foundation recently announced its Fourth Annual Steven K. Latimer Families Against Violence 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Roger Williams Park, Temple of Music in Providence.
The race began in honor of Steven Latimer, who was murdered in 2011, just two days before his 24th birthday in a senseless act of violence. The event brings families and communities together for a day of peace, and serves to not only honor Latimer, but the countless other sons and daughters who have lost their lives due to violence.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the SKL Memorial Foundation, which funds scholarships to Rhode Island children who have either lost a parent, guardian and/or loved one due to violence. The Foundation also supports different community services that are geared towards inspiring our youth to make better life choices and offers programs to help keep them off the streets and doing positive things.
Myra Latimer-Nicholas, Steven’s mother who established the Steven K. Latimer Memorial Foundation believes that the issue concerning senseless acts of violence is not confined to certain neighborhoods.
“No parent ever wants to have a door knock or a doorbell ring either late at night or very early in the morning with the police on the other side of their door,” she said. “Losing a loved one to violence is horrific and heartbreaking. It steals lives and destroys families. Children are left behind, with life as they know it interrupted and their futures uncertain. When something like this happens, it leaves a void in that family that can never be replaced.”
The 3.1-mile race tours the Roger Williams Park area. Last year’s event generated nearly 200 runners — many of them continuing to support the event even during torrential downpours. This year, the SKL Memorial Foundation foresees even more support for their cause than last year and is hoping for better weather. Online registration is open until Thursday, September 25th. To either register online or to print a mail-in registration form, please visit www.sklmemorialfoundation.org/registration or go to www.raceit.com and search under the “Events” tab. T-shirts will be provided to the first 200 preregistered participants.
Walgreens and Counseling Services of Rhode Island are Gold Sponsors for the event. Walgreen’s recently held a fundraiser to help generate additional awareness and funds for the foundation. Other sponsors include Pawtucket Credit Union, Coca-Cola and BankRI.
The committee seeks volunteers, donations (both in-kind and financial) and corporate and media sponsors to help fund the event. As Latimer-Nicholas noted, “It’s never too late to become a sponsor or make a donation, be it in-kind or monetary. We are always looking to join forces with those of like mind looking to make a difference in the lives of our youth.”