People and Places

Gift of Adoption’s Inaugural 5K and Fun Run

By Brian Tomlin

Local nonprofit Gift of Adoption (GOA) and community members Doug Spicer and Kecia Tomlin are hosting an inaugural Grant Park Adopted By You 5K & Fun Run on June 10, benefiting at-risk children in need of a forever family. Make a difference in a child’s life and help to make adoption possible by registering to run or walk, volunteering or donating.

Doug and Kecia developed the Adopted By You 5K and Fun Run and chose to partner with Gift of Adoption based on the amazing success GOA has with providing grants to so many deserving children and families over the past 20 years. Doug and his partner Brent are no strangers to adoption. They now have a beautiful 2-year old boy named Sawyer who they adopted through the open adoption process.

During this process, Doug and Brent saw firsthand how expensive it is to adopt and how upfront costs of adoption can often delay or prevent adoptions from happening. They realized how fortunate they were to have the means to afford adoption, but their hearts ached for the children waiting and qualified parents yearning to bring them home. Doug and Brent wanted to find a way to give back and help adoptive families with the last bit of financial support they need to bring their waiting child home. Doug discussed his idea with his friend Kecia, and she immediately jumped on board.

Gift of Adoption’s mission is to fill the void that separates child from family through adoption assistance grants that give vulnerable children a permanent home and the chance to thrive. All proceeds from this family 5K and Fun Run event will go toward completing adoptions for families in Georgia. For more information about assistance grants offered to adoptive families, visit www.giftofadoption.org/adoptedbyyou.

Run, walk, volunteer, and/or donate through the race registration website at https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Atlanta/AdoptedByYou5KFunRun. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. Strollers are also welcome. All participants will receive a t-shirt, swag bag, and post-race refreshments.

Enjoy food, outdoor games, live music, brewery tours, and, of course, the beer. To purchase tickets, visit http://giftofadoption.org/gahappyhour.