By Brian Tomlin
Join Gift of Adoption (GOA) on Saturday, June 8 for the third annual Adopted By You 5K & Fun Run benefiting at-risk children in need of a forever family. Participate in making a difference in a child’s life and helping to make adoption possible by registering to run or walk, volunteering, or donating to this great cause. The start times are 8:00am for the 5K race and 8:15am for the Fun Run.
Doug Munster and Kecia Tomlin developed the Adopted By You 5K & Fun Run and chose to partner with GOA based on the amazing success GOA has had with providing grants to so many deserving children and families during the past 21 years. Doug and his partner Brent are no strangers to adoption. They now have a beautiful 4-year-old boy named Sawyer and 9-month-old son Shepherd. Both boys were adopted through the open adoption process. Doug and Brent saw firsthand how expensive it is to adopt and how related upfront costs 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, who immediately jumped on board. On June 10, 2017, Doug and Kecia hosted the inaugural Adopted By You 5K & Fun Run in Grant Park to support the many children in need of a forever family. Funds from the first and second races have raised more than $50,000 and helped at least 19 families complete the adoption process.
GOA’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.
Run, walk, volunteer and/or donate through the race registration website at https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Atlanta/3rdAnnualAdoptedByYou5KFunRun. For more information about assistance grants offered to adoptive families, please visit our website at https://giftofadoption.org/adoptedbyyou. Both races will start and end next to the MLK Jr. Middle School campus. The start line will be located on Cherokee Place at Hill Street and the finish line will be on Glenn Street at Connolly Street.
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.