On October 7th 2017, over 500 participants runners/walkers managed to raise over $20,000 at Wade Walker Park in Stone Mountain,Ga by participating in Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col Robert Baldwin 5th Annual Fallen Hero’s 5k Run/Walk. The event designed as a fundraiser for the Fallen Hero’s Scholarship Fund in honor of Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col Robert Baldwin like many who were killed in active duty.
Dobogai, was among the 14 U.S. soldiers aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed Aug. 22, 2007 in northern Iraq. Baldwin was killed Sept. 21, 2010 when his Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter carrying Navy SEALs crashed during combat operations in the Zabul province of Afghanistan.
Both hero families joined together to use these tragic situations to create a positive outcome and scholarship in their name. The scholarships focus is directed towards the supports of veterans and service members currently enrolled in school.
According to Reginald L Stewarts of Onward and Upward Bound: Military Veterans Charge Toward Higher Education, ” Some military veterans may be underrepresented in higher education due to life adversities including homelessness, medical disabilities, substance abuse, family hardships and deficient academic skills.” The scholarship provides a tremendous relief for veterans seeking a higher education.The scholarship and program will continue to honor the men for whom the scholarship was established, each year the event will also recognize the recipients of scholarships that are awarded in the preceding year.
The organizers rallied for participants for several month preparing for this event. The pre-registration entry fee is $25 per person and regular registration fee there eafter is $35 per person. Organizer also made it possible for people out of state to donate and have a volunteer runner participate in there place. Of course any additional donations were welcomed.
The 5k walked turned out to be a success and brought happiness to both families as they watched there fallen heroes legacy live on.