The Together for Tia 5k fun run will be held at Crosby Family Confluence Park on August 22 | Photo courtesy of Together for Tia 5K Fun Run, St. George News
ST. GEORGE- Residents of St. George are hosting a 5k run to raise money for Tia Stokes and her family after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Stokes, founder of the dance group Kalamity and Kaos, was a resident of St. George while her husband Andy was involved in high school football as the head coach of Dixie High School.
the Set for Tia 5K Fun Run will take place at Crosby Family Confluence Park on the morning of August 22 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The race will take place on the back tracks and the winner will receive shoes. The fastest group of six will win gift cards, all courtesy of the St. George Running Center.
Stokes and her dance group have helped over 50 families and raised nearly $600,000. Now a group of St. George residents want to help give back to the Stokes family who have given so much to the community.
“I went through my whole high school career, played a lot of sports, and he (Andy Stokes) was my coach,” said Payden Harrah, one of the organizers and former football player at Dixie High. “I probably went to 10 fundraisers that Kalamity and Kaos organized with my football team just to support me. When I found out she had cancer, I really felt compelled to do something. We have this whole community here that I know loves them.
Harrah spoke highly of his former head coach and his family, mentioning that their family helped him through some trouble in high school.
“When I was in high school they really helped me out of a lot of things, so now giving back after seeing them do so much, just being able to even give them a month’s mortgage to help out would mean the world,” Harra said.
As for why they’re hosting the 5K, Harrah pointed out that the community knows they’re good people. He was happy to see people supporting the Stokes, both in southern Utah and in northern Utah, where the Stokes family now resides.
“I can’t even explain how much the community, especially up north and here, really showed up for them,” Harrah said. “Going for the 5K is the least we can do for these people, they really deserve it.”
You can register for the 5K race here and learn more about Tia Stokes here.
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