Labor Day is just a week away. Many families celebrate Labor Day weekend with a trip to the beach, the mountains, or some other destination. However, other families prefer to stay closer to home. At the same time, many parents are trying to find new ways to teach their children about love, compassion, and giving back to their community. There’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Labor Day with love and compassion in Lynchburg on Monday, September 5, 2011.
The Rachael Horton Compassionate Care Fund http://rachaelhortoncompassionatecarefund.org is sponsoring the first annual Rachael’s Paws & Purrs 5K/10K at Amazement Square. The 5K and 10K races are a walk/run benefit and will both begin and end at Amazement Square. Registrations are still being accepted and all ages and experience levels are welcome to join in the celebration. You can download a form at the website above and turn it in at James T Davis Paint Center, 3416 Candlers Mountain Road. You can also order official race T-shirts or give a donation to the fund at the website.
The Rachael Horton Compassionate Care Fund was created in memory of Rachael Horton after Rachael, her beloved husband Aaron, and their cat Oscar died in a tragic fire on April 8, 2011. At the time of their deaths, Rachael had worked as an assistant at Gentle Care Animal Hospital for almost seven years.
Rachael was a champion for animals and always provided extra love and compassion to those animals who needed it the most. She soothed frightened animals and encouraged them to endure through their pain. Her impact in the lives of these animals was immense although often the families of the animals were unaware of Rachael’s extra touches of love. Rachael even used her own funds to help needy pets whose families were unable to afford life-saving medical care.
When parents lose a chid, they often try to find a way for their child’s memory to live on. A scholarship fund was established in Aaron’s name at Liberty University www.liberty.edu, his Alma Mater. In addition, Rachael and Aaron’s parents, families, and friends and Gentle Care Animal Hospital found a wonderful way for Rachael’s life goal of helping animals in the their time of need to live on.
All animal hospitals and vets in the Piedmont Veterinary Medical Association are eligible to participate and to have access to funding for life-and-death cases. You can read more about this organization and its goals at their website http://rachaelhortoncompassionatecarefund.org.
The Paws & Purrs 5K & 10K will raise funds to help many helpless animals. So please register to walk or run on Labor Day. If you can’t run or walk, please come down to Amazement Square to honor the memory of Rachael and Aaron and to support a wonderful cause. What a wonderful way to celebrate Labor Day while teaching your children to help others.