K-ROD RUN MARKS THIRD YEAR
WITH ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT
|Left to right: Robin Terjeson, Sue Williams, Karen Crosland and Laurie Cornelius participated in the third annual K-Rod Run/Walk on Saturday, September 22.|
The third annual Kalani Rodrigues (K-Rod) Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk, held Saturday, September 22, was a tremendous success. With more than 120 runners and walkers, Kalani’s vision was realized in raising awareness for brain cancer and generating scholarship support to encourage and empower students at Clark College in the pursuit of their educational dreams.
During the event, walkers and runners trekked through the beautiful Clark College campus as they made their way to the Anderson Fountain. Once there, they were greeted with cheers and Hawaiian leis. At high noon, many others joined the run/walk participants to enjoythe luau buffet and entertainment.
K-Rod Run participants were treated to a Hawaiian luau, complete with entertainment.
|Members of the Clark College track team placed first, second and third in the K-Rod Run.|
The Penguin Nation was well represented at the event. Led by Clark College President Bob Knight, college staff and faculty had a strong showing at the K-Rod run.
In addition, many students – including members of the various athletic teams and Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC) officers – demonstrated their support either by participating in the event or serving as volunteers.
A special note of gratitude goes out to the event sponsors, including Schering-Plough Corporation, The Columbian, SuperPrinters, Noho’s Hawaiian Café, Tommy O’s, Fishead and several anonymous donors. These organizations and individuals, through their generous contributions, either provided large donations to the scholarship endowment or offered in-kind support to eliminate costs for food, water, t-shirts and advertising.
Scott Sigmon, legislative director for the Schering-Plough Corporation, an event sponsor, took a turn at the megaphone during the 2007 K-Rod Run.
Event chair Lori Jimerson and her volunteer committee are to be congratulated for their triumph and commended on their heartfelt efforts on behalf of our students. Members of the volunteer committee included Penguin Athletic Club (PAC) Board President Leah Cox, PAC Past President Bob Ives, Gaydena Thompson, Jack Hoage and Leilani Russell of the Evergreen School District, as well as Professor Lee Brand and Athletic Director Lisa Quednow-Bickler.
Kalani, seen in the photo on the right, was a standout student athlete at Clark College. Scoring high both on the track team and in the classroom, he cherished the opportunities that were afforded to him during his time at Clark.
In summer of 2004, after recovering from his first bout with brain cancer, Kalani envisioned a community run/walk event to generate awareness for the illness and its treatment. He had every intention of participating in what he called the “K-Rod” run. However, in December 2004, after diagnosis with a second tumor, he succumbed at the age of 21.
His desire to establish an event that would call attention to brain cancer has been carried on by family, friends and community volunteers.