10th annual JR Forever Walk/Run coming up

Darien High School Blue Wave Swim and Dive Team Support the JR Forever Memorial Run/Walk.
Darien High School Blue Wave Swim and Dive Team Support the JR Forever Memorial Run/Walk.Darien News / Contributed Photo

DARIEN — For the tenth straight year friends and family will walk and run in memory of J.R. Schoen who would have would have graduated from Darien High School this past June.

A brain tumor took the life of Schoen in July of 2008 and ever since the Annual JR Forever Memorial Walk/5K Run has been held to support brain cancer research and carry his memory forward.

This year the event will be held Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. with registration opening at 1:15 p.m. at Pear Tree Point Beach.

All of the registration fees will be given to two deserving charities and to a scholarship fund for Darien High School Class of 2018 seniors. The charities include JR’s Ray of Hope that donates to local families experiencing serious illness, injury or the loss of a family member and the Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center.

Duke’s research specifically addresses pediatric glioblastoma multiforme (brain tumor). In addition, the Good Friend Scholarship in Memory of JR and Jacob that was established last year in memory of JR and Jacob Velasco-Navarro, both members of the DHS Class of 2017, will benefit. The Good Friend Scholarship will be awarded the Darien High School Seniors who demonstrate compassion and support of their friends and community.

Awards will be given to the top runners in each age category upon completion of the event.

JR Schoen Memorial Foundation, Inc. has raised over $250,000 in the past nine years. It has supported many Darien organizations including Post 53 and Playground by the Sound, Den for Grieving Kids and Darien Youth Baseball and Softball, Darien Youth Lacrosse Association, Darien Little League’s Challenger Division, Darien Library, Noroton Heights Fire Department, Obie Harrington Howes Foundation in Memory of Shannon Dunleavy, the Darien Junior Sailing Team, the Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke and of course, JR’s Ray of Hope, which has given over $25k for local Darien families over the last 7 years.

For more information visit www.jrschoenmemorial.org/walk. On-line registration is available at www.raceit.com (search by zip code).

Registration is $25 per participant or $100 per family. Group discounts are available. Day of event registration is available, however, only the first 250 will receive a commemorative t-shirt.