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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Carter Lee Kerns Lives on Through 5K in Martin County - $100,000 raised to date

LOOGOOTEE - MAY 21, 2022 - Carter Lee Kerns died the day just before his first birthday nine years ago today. Carter L. Kerns was born May 21, 2013, and to honor the legacy his parents Alyssa and Ed Kerns organized the Carter Legacy 5K.

Alyssa and Ed Kerns organized the Carter Legacy 5K

" There is so much love from the community and they come out and support this fundraiser. Some of these people have lost a child themselves," said Alyssa Kerns.

The Kerns Family

In 2014, the Martin County Community Foundation in conjunction with the Lawrence County Community Foundation gave the Kerns an opportunity to set up an endowment in his name.

So far, over $100,000 has been raised for youth programing for Martin County.

" The funds has supported the local fire departments, libraries, schools, and other community projects. With our county limited on things for youth to do we make sure that these funds go to youth themed projects," said Kerns.

The Murat Shriners came to support the efforts of honoring Youth.

Business Sponsors included:

  • Running With Scissors Salon

  • J Glow Beauty

  • Greenwell Hardware

  • Indiana Farm Bureau

  • Rex Strawn Agency

  • Kerns Insurance

  • Edward Jones

  • Harder's Auto Service

  • White River Lodge #332

  • Dairy Master

  • Hawkins Health

  • Greene's Body Shop

  • Bull's Eye Auto Wash

  • Blake's Funeral Home

  • Angela Smith, DDS

Throughout the day Saturday there was plenty of fun for the children which included: Kids Fest, Color Runs, and lunch provided by the Loogootee Ministerial Association.

Chris and Joel Norris provided the music/sound system, other groups included Loogootee CALL, Loogootee Police/Fire Departments, Andrea Bauer and Loogootee Library.

The 5K had to take a break during the pandemic but now everything is back in full swing and hope to continue Carter's Legacy of helping Martin Count Youth.

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