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Last year Roselyn Derby cut the opening ceremonies ribbon to start off the Carroll County Relay For Life, the next day at Relay, Rosie saw Kelsey Cogan with a 5k bib on and said, “next year...I’m gonna do that!”  Unfortunately, for Rosie and all that love her, next year never came.  But her family finds peace in knowing she is not suffering but dancing in Heaven and we do our best to honor her and the inspiration she taught us as often as possible.  Which is what gave us the idea of organizing a run in her honor and memory.  On the Saturday morning of the Carroll County Relay, 129 runners, 25 sponsors and some very dedicated family and friends put on the First Annual 5k RUN FOR ROSIE, raising over $9,000 which was donated to the American Cancer Society in Roselyn’s memory!  It was an Amazing site of purple and orange t-shirts worn by runners and walkers of all ages streaming up and down North Lisbon Street. There was alot of competition, yet alot of Love throughout the participants...there were also alot of smiles, cheering, encouragement, HOPE and HUGS...just the way Rosie would have wanted it!!! 

We would like to congratulate and recognize the winners:

Overall winners:  Male:  Steve Slates; Female:  Kristen Barrett.

1st place in each age group:  Jennifer Gotshall, Cole Vanhorne, Ashley Jenkins, Jonathon Brown, Carissa Jones, Shaun Hill, Kathy King, Carl Saltsman and Cynthia Bailey.

2nd place in each age group: Payton Brown, Hayden Burgett, Kelly Stutsman, Al Liber, Kendrah Damis, Patrick Snyder, Beth Roof, Greg King and Carol Richards.

3rd place in each age group: Tori Thomas, Brennan Thomas, Kandi Young, Craig Stutzman, Linda Moreland and Jeff Lucas.

We would like to thank the sponsors for their generous donations: The Wake family, Rosebud Mining, Diamond T Fencing, Advanced Landscaping, ANJ Construction, Aultman Carrollton Fitness & Therapy, Atlas Gas Company, Attorney Sean Smith, Brace Equipment, Carrollton Country Flowers, Carroll County YMCA, Country Blacksmith, Crossroads Pizza, Donna’s Deli, Frontier Communications, Guess Motors, Hair Etc., Judge Gary Willen, King Performance, McCort Footwear and Sportswear, McFadden Insurance, Merrick Auto Service, Shingleton Homes, St. John’s Villa, Thorne’s Market, Tinlin’s Print On It, along with Beth, Mike and Clint Kruprzak for their donation of the “HOPE” quilt, which was won by Devin Herrington.

A special thanks to Mark Walters and the Boy Scouts for directing our runners along the way, also to Village Administrator Denny Roudebush, Carrollton PD and Carroll County Sheriff Dept. for their help and cooperation. 

We would also like to thank all of our family and friends that helped with registration, pre registration packet prep and distribution, selling raffle tickets and making race day possible in one way or another:  Anita Borland, Katrina Bosh, Joe Bosh, Alecia Boyce, Kim Bosh, Kim Cichon, Deb Conley, Meg English, Jessica King-Hill, Jolynn Irwin, Jesse Jones, Rusty McLean, Susan Miller, Jeff Mullet, David Myers, Shelly Richards, Beth Riley, Carey Smith, Jamie Rutledge Ziegler, also Carol McIntire, LeighAnn Rutledge and Melissa Krinock from the American Cancer Society.  We apologize if we missed anyone; we certainly appreciate everyone’s time, effort and donations, etc. It was truly a group effort!!!

One last shout out to Roselyn’s friends Jamey Gamble and Jordan Hill for taking their time to Run For Rosie on the beaches down South!

We HOPE that everyone enjoyed the 5k as much as we did and we promise to be back again next year!  It is times like this that we are reminded of the benefits of living in a small and loving community.  Thank you all for your support and remember to Don’t stop believen’!  Let’s find a CURE!

Tonya Howell
Linda and Mike Moreland

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