Pancake breakfast benefits Elkville Christian Church's Families in Need program.
Byline: JOHN HOMAN Managing Editor email@example.com
ELKVILLE -- More than $600 was raised Saturday morning for the Families in Need organization at the Elkville Christian Church. The monies were raised through a pancake breakfast.
Event organizer Kimberly Buser said the Families in Need program was born eight years ago when church members came up with the idea of a 5K run and walk to raise money to help defray the medical costs of Julie Swiney of Du Quoin, who was a mother of four battling breast cancer.
"Unfortunately, Julie passed away suddenly and never got to see the first race, which is now called 'Pocketful of Love,'" Buser said. "In the beginning, the idea was to raise money for one individual in need. We now donate to multiple families in need. Families who are eligible are those facing sudden and tragic loss or a medical emergency. We find out about these families through word-of-mouth."
Buser added that the road race is held each September. Race coordinators are Jane and Jason Cobin.
"I think we raised over $4,500 at last year's run," said Buser, whose husband, Brandon, is also active with the church ministry.