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On Sunday, June 10th, 2018, we are holding the 3rd Annual Kayla Rae of Hope 5k Walk/Run 

to honor the life of Kayla Rae Cherkas Clark. 

 All proceeds will be donated to the Kayla Rae of Hope Fund at the Foundation for TJO Animals to benefit local, homeless animals in need at the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center of Springfield, MA, where Kayla was a volunteer.
     We hope you will join us to bring awareness for addiction and recovery and we thank you for your support. 


We welcome sponsorship support. All sponsors will be listed on the back of the KRH Walk/Run T-shirt, are invited to walk with us, and receive a complimentary t-shirt. Sponsors may sign up below or email for more information.


  • $20 through June 9, 2018; $25 Day of Walk/Run; Free for Children under 10
  • $15 T-shirts are available for purchase through May 13, 2018. 
  • T-shirts will be sold "as available" the day of the walk/run.

Check-in starts at 8:00am 

Walk/Run begins promptly at 9:30am

Registration fees

Walker/Runner Closed

  1. $20.00

Child under 10 years old Closed

Children under 10 years old walk/run for free

  1. FREE

Rae of Hope Sponsor Closed

We are happy to support this event at the $500 Sponsorship Level.

  1. $500.00

KRH Walk/Run Sponsor Closed

We are happy to show our support at the $200 Sponsorship Level

  1. $200.00

Responding to the Heroin Epidemic

Heroin use is part of a larger substance abuse problem.

Nearly all people who used heroin also used at least 1 other drug. Most used at least 3 other drugs.

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug with a high risk of overdose and death for users.

People who are addicted to…

Alcohol are 2 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

Marijuana are 3 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

Cocaine are 15 times more likely to become addicted to heroin..

Prescription opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

SOURCE: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 2011-2013.


Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Bram and Janet Starr $100.00
2 Phil Cherkas $100.00
3 jacqueline paul $50.00

Event Schedule

  • June 10 7:00 AM EDT - Set Up/ Route Marking (Volunteers)

  • June 10 8:00 AM EDT - Check-In/ Registration

  • June 10 9:15 AM EDT - Welcome & Speakers

  • June 10 9:30 AM EDT - Walk/Run Start

  • June 10 11:30 AM EDT - Walk/Run End

Contact Information

Event Location

275 Blueberry Hill Rd, Longmeadow

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