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UC hosts second annual Red Boot Run in memory of Norma B. Patrick


Williamsburg, Ky. – The cold weather did not keep people of all ages from showing up to the second annual Red Boot Run on Saturday, April 5 on the University of the Cumberlands (UC) campus. Participants and supporters met at UC’s Hutton School of Business building, where the 5k race—named in honor of Norma Patrick, former UC professor and red boot-wearer—began and ended.

Norma Patrick passed away in April, 2012, while waiting for a liver transplant, only a year after she retired as a professor of education from Cumberlands, where she had worked for 37 years. On Saturday morning, the beloved teacher, mother and friend was honored by more than 200 UC students, faculty, staff family and community members, who participated in the event that was founded to raise funds for the Norma B. Patrick Scholarship Fund at UC and the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA).

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the turnout Saturday morning, especially considering the windy cold conditions,” said Norma’s oldest son, Dr. Casey Patrick. “To think that 200 people came out on such a chilly morning just goes to show how much mom meant to UC and the entire community.”

There were 12 categories for the runners, broken into age groups, including two for boys and girls ages 15 and under. Coming in first place at 20:33.99 was Norma’s son Casey Patrick, a 2000 UC graduate. Norma’s youngest son, Jason Patrick, finished at 25:04.11 in his division.

The Red Boot Foundation raised $8,000.00 at Saturday’s second annual run. That money will go directly to the Norma Patrick scholarship fund and to support organ donation awareness and education efforts throughout Kentucky.

Norma Patrick was a 1973 alumnus of State University of New York at Cortland. After completing additional study at Union College, earning 6th Year Program Principal Certification, she began teaching education classes at Cumberland College in 1985. The Norma B. Patrick Scholarship is awarded to single mothers planning to pursue a degree in the education field and living in the southeastern Kentucky area.

Casey Patrick explained that the Red Boot Run would simply not be possible without UC and their continuous generous support. The Red Boot Foundation would like to thank their other corporate sponsors: Kentucky Organ Donors Affiliates, First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, W.D. Bryant and Sons Hardware, Wildcat Water, WEZJ/WEKX, Christopher Chiropractic, Cross fit Prodigy, Gym One, and Corner Prescription.

“The Red Boot Run is bittersweet for me personally,” said Casey Patrick. “I miss my mom with all my heart every single day and reminders that she’s gone are never easy. However, the hugs, stories, and enthusiasm that were passed around on race morning were absolutely priceless. Thanks again, to everyone who donated and/or participated in any fashion to the 2014 Red Boot Run. The wheels are already turning on how we can make 2015 bigger and better than ever!”

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) is an independent, non-profit and tissue procurement agency with offices in Bowling Green, Lexington, Paducah, Louisville, and Ashland/Huntington. KODA's goal is to inform and aware Kentuckians of the need for individuals interested in organ and tissue donation. KODA also provides training for hospital staffs who present the option of donation to families who have suffered the loss of a loved one and presentations to schools, civic groups and churches.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.