It has been six years since Colton Sherrill, a shy but caring 10-year-old boy, died of congenital heart disease. But his spirit lives strong through the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund, the foundation created in his honor by his family.
The key purpose of the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund is to provide training and life-saving devices to Bryan County schools and organizations as well as increase educational opportunities for college students.
Colton would have been entering his senior year of high school this fall. While his family will continue to focus on life-saving measures, the goal for this year is to provide 20 scholarships to graduating seniors in Bryan County. Sponsorships from the community and proceeds from Colton’s Main Street Run will help meet this goal.
To date, funds raised through Colton’s Main Street Run have benefited area communities with:
• 38 automated external defibrillators have been placed in Bryan County schools and communities
• necessary maintenance on the devices at Durant schools
• American Heart Association Heart-Saver AED Certification Training to 426 educators
• bleachers for Colton’s Field at Durant Multi-Sports Complex
• a donation to Southeastern Kid’s College
• Eight scholarships through the Endowed Colton Sherrill Memorial Scholarship fund at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
The fifth annual Colton’s Run is scheduled for Oct. 18. It will serve as an opportunity to continue the important work of the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund, plus carry on the tradition of remembering Colton and his short but impactful life. Colton’s Run will feature new medals for event winners and the opportunity for sponsors to have their names emblazoned on these medals.
Consider joining presenting sponsor Cardinal Glass as a supporter of the 2014 event. Any amount given could be what saves a life. Learn more about the race and sponsorship opportunities by visiting www.coltonsrun.com.