2016-10-20 / Community News

Easter Seals to take ‘Cash’ run

The 13th annual Run for Cash Memorial 5K and Family Race to benefit Veterans Count Maine is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. June, 24 at Old Orchard Beach High School.

Each year, hundreds of runners, walkers and families come together for the Run for Cash, remembering Army Capt. Christopher Scott Cash. This year, race organizers have announced the annual scholarship fund will benefit Veterans Count Maine to support Maine military families.

Runners and families can register for a 5K race or 3-mile walk at runforcash.org. Awards and cash prizes will be given for winners of each category.

Cash was a New England native who discovered a love for running while growing up in Old Orchard Beach. A 1985 graduate of Old Orchard Beach High School, Cash was a good athlete who excelled in track and cross country, qualifying for the national Junior Olympics and attending Dirigo State in his junior year. After graduating, Cash joined the Army and after basic training, requested admission to jump school at Fort Benning and was accepted. After graduating from jump school and receiving his wings, Cash requested admission to U.S .Army Ranger School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was once again accepted. Upon completion of ranger training and receiving his “Ranger Tab,” Cash was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division, initially as a machine gunner, but over time assumed more responsibilities as he moved up through the ranks as a non-commissioned officer. After earning a bachelor’s degree in North Carolina, Cash married and had two sons before he was deployed to Iraq.

At the time of his deployment to Iraq, Cash was commanding officer of his company. Cash was killed along with Sp-4 Daniel A. Dessins Jr. on June 24, 2004 in Baqubah, Iraq in a gun battle against approximately 150 insurgents. Shortly after Cash’s death, in August 2004, Cash’s mother and stepfather planned the first Run for Cash event, which continues today in his memory.

For the past 12 years, Cash’s family has organized the race in his memory. The Cash family has announced that beginning in 2018, Veterans Count and Easter Seals Maine will take over planning and coordination of the race, keeping Cash’s memory alive and fundraising for his fellow veterans.

“Knowing our event has meant so much to me and to my family, my community and beyond, I thought it was a wonderful idea to have Easter Seals/ Veterans Count adopt the race,” said Captain Cash’s mother, Nancy Kelley. “I look forward to many successful race days with the good people of Easter Seals Maine/Veterans Count, and the wonderful work they do for our veterans each year.

“My son would be honored and proud, as am I.”

Old Orchard Beach High School will continue to receive a $1,000 Captain Cash Memorial Scholarship each year. Veterans Count Maine is the fundraising chapter in support of Easter Seals Maine’s Military and Veterans Programs, which provides emergency financial assistance, information, counseling and referral to post 9/11 veterans and their families as they make the sometimes challenging transition from military service to civilian life.

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