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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 22, 2011

Fourth annual memorial 5K run/walk on Oct. 8 to benefit St. Francis, asthma awareness, education

Jennifer Shaw

Increasing the awareness of asthma, generating funds to support St. Francis Hospital and Health Services in Maryville, asthma education for children and remembering a Northwest Missouri State University alumna are the goals of the upcoming Fourth Annual Jennifer Shaw Suhr 5K Memorial Run/Walk in Maryville.

The event begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion, just west of Bearcat Stadium on the Northwest campus. The registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for students and children. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and complimentary brunch.

Participants may register the morning of the event, beginning at 8 a.m., or in advance by visiting or contacting Tim Shaw at 816.806.9840 or Jamie Seibert at 402.631.3369. Pre-registration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at College Park. Registration forms also are available at the Maryville Community Center and at several locations on the Northwest campus, including the Northwest Fitness Center, the Student Recreation Center, the Office of Campus Activities and Roberta Hall. Persons wishing to make a donation may send a check, payable to Children's Mercy Hospital, to Tim Shaw, 8104 NE 74th St., Kansas City, MO 64158.

In addition to participating in the 5K event, individuals and businesses are invited to become a sponsor (for $250) or contribute items for a raffle and participant "goody bags."

Proceeds from the Jennifer Shaw Suhr 5K Memorial Run/Walk will benefit St. Francis Hospital's respiratory therapy department to purchase a new screening device for lung conditions, including asthma. Proceeds also benefit Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. St. Francis provides asthma education, assessments and screenings and works closely with Children's Mercy and refers children to the facility if specialty care is needed.

Members of Northwest's Phi Mu sorority are once again playing a significant role in organizing the event and will assist on race day. Representatives from Children's Mercy Hospital, St. Francis and the Healthy Indoor Environments Coalition will be present to provide information about asthma. Free asthma screenings also will be provided.

Jennifer Shaw Suhr, who cherished being a mother and wife, led an active and healthy lifestyle. She enjoyed running, water skiing, playing softball and bicycling, was a member of Phi Mu sorority and graduated from Northwest in 1992. However, in December 2000 she died as a result of asthma, a disease she had battled her entire life. At the time of her death, she left behind a husband, Troy, also a Northwest graduate and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and a 2-year-old son, Wyatt.

"By planning and participating in the upcoming event, those of us who knew Jennifer have the opportunity to reminisce about the special times we had with her, and that keeps her spirit alive," said Tim Shaw, Jennifer's brother and one of the event organizers. "At the same time, we realize not everyone taking part in the 5K knew Jennifer, so we hope to bring awareness and educate others on how deadly this disease can be."

Last year's event attracted 200 participants and raised more than $6,600, all of which was donated to Children's Mercy Hospital for asthma awareness and education initiatives.

For additional information, contact Tim Shaw at or 816.806.9840.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468