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Friends and family of Jennifer Shaw Suhr are pictured after last year’s run/walk in her honor at a tree planted in her memory in the Roberta Hall circle drive. The tree is decorated each year for the event. (Submitted photo)

Friends and family of Jennifer Shaw Suhr are pictured after last year’s run/walk in her honor at a tree planted in her memory in the Roberta Hall circle drive. The tree is decorated each year for the event. (Submitted photo)

Oct. 2, 2017

10th annual asthma awareness memorial run/walk is Oct. 14

Increasing the awareness of asthma, generating funds to support SSM Health-St. Francis in Maryville and the University of Kansas Hospital, and remembering a Northwest Missouri State University alumna are the goals of the 10th annual Jennifer Shaw Suhr 5K Memorial Run/Walk

The run/walk begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion, just west of Bearcat Stadium on the Northwest campus. Registration 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 www.runforjen.com or contacting Julie Shaw at 816.591.0788 or emailing Karly Johnson at S523567@nwmissouri.edu. Individuals wishing to make a donation may send a check, payable to SSMHealth-St. Francis, to Tim Shaw, 12221 NE 148th St., Liberty, MO 64068.

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 benefit SSM Health-St. Francis’s respiratory therapy department to purchase a new screening device for lung conditions, including asthma. Proceeds also benefit the University of Kansas Hospital’s asthma unit.

Members of Northwest’s Phi Mu sorority are again playing a significant role in organizing the event and will assist on race day. Representatives from both hospitals 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 member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and a 2-year-old son, Wyatt. Wyatt is now a sophomore at Northwest, majoring in political science with an emphasis in criminal justice and a minor in pre-law, and he is active in Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.

“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,” Tim Shaw, Jennifer’s brother and one of the event organizers, said. “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 more than 200 participants and raised more than $6,000, all of which was used for asthma awareness and education initiatives. To date, the annual event has raised more than $40,000.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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