By Carol Wilkinson

All photos courtesy of St. David's School of Nursing.

All photos courtesy of St. David’s School of Nursing.

The second annual “Paws for a Cause” 5K Fun Run will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 8 a.m., on the Texas State University Round Rock Campus. The 5K Run, sponsored by the Student Nurse Organization at St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University, raises funds to help facilitate the purchase of properly fitting shoes for underserved school age children.

From 2011-2012, as part of a research project, students of St. David’s School of Nursing worked with Georgetown Independent School District elementary school nurses to collect data on playground injuries. The nursing students found a strong correlation between playground injuries and improperly fitting shoes. Last year’s first annual run raised enough to acquire ninety pairs of shoes for Georgetown ISD.

All photos courtesy of St. David's School of Nursing.

All photos courtesy of St. David’s School of Nursing.

This year, the fundraiser will benefit Round Rock ISD’s unaccompanied youth. “According to Round Rock ISD, unaccompanied youth includes young people who have been separated from their parents for a variety of reasons. For many of these young people, leaving home is a survival issue. Unaccompanied youth may lack a variety of resources while attending public school. The nursing students strive to meet these community needs,” noted Angela Franco (junior co-chair) and Jennefer Wiegrefe (senior co-chair) of the 5K race. The committee estimates around 50-100 people will participate in this year’s run. Several local sponsors will donate shoes.

“We wanted to give back to the Round Rock community while promoting the health benefits of exercising. The 5K gives people a chance to get out there and run for a good cause,” Franco said. For Franco, the best thing about the run is “the energy and smiles of all the volunteers and runners working together for a good cause.”

All photos courtesy of St. David's School of Nursing.

All photos courtesy of St. David’s School of Nursing.

All the volunteers on hand during the race will be either junior- or senior-class students, faculty, or staff from St. David’s School of Nursing. An estimated 30 volunteers will help with this event. The Fun Run is open to the public and all registered participants will receive a t-shirt. Registration cost is $25. You may register or donate online by visiting the Paws for a Cause 5k website. For questions about the run, please email pawsforacause@txstate.edu. For more information about Round Rock ISD unaccompanied youth, go to www.roundrockisd.org.

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