The City of Scottsboro is hosting a Back to School Bash 5K and fun run on Aug. 3, starting at 8 p.m. The Back to School Bash is benefitting the Jackson County Children’s Advocacy Center and Sadye’s Fund.

It is $10 to enter the race. People can sign up online, at City Hall and the Rec*Com. Registration will begin one hour prior to the race. The race will start and finish at City Hall, and the route is primarily along Broad Street. Runners will have glow in the dark accessories to make the night even more exciting. The whole family can participate, and Kona Ice will be on site.

“The Back to School 5K glow run is going to be a great night of fun and philanthropy for our community,” said Scottsboro’s Events and Marketing Coordinator Meg Nippers. “We are especially proud to be partnering with the Jackson County Children’s Advocacy Center and Sadye’s Fund for this event.”

Sadye Webb was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor, which is a rare cancer of the immature kidney. After surgery, Sadye underwent several months of chemotherapy treatments. The treatment was successful for Sadye, and she is now a healthy thirteen-year-old-girl. After the overwhelming outreach and support from the community during Sadye’s battle with childhood cancer, Corey and Regan Webb decided to start a non-profit organization to raise money to help families dealing with childhood cancer or other terminal illnesses. The board of directors distributes money to families who need assistance in dealing with the financial burden of a child suffering from cancer and/or other terminal illnesses.  The money that is dispersed to families with sick children is raised through various fundraising activities. 

These activities have included a fishing tournament, a 5K race, a barbeque plate dinner, and a children’s fun day.  For the past several years, the Scottsboro Police Department has sponsored a t-shirt drive in which they are going to donate half of their proceeds to Sadye’s Fund. In the nine years of its existence, Sadye’s Fund has used the money raised during these fundraisers to assist over 30 families in north Alabama.  Currently, Sadye’s Fund is assisting three families each month.

The purpose of a Children’s Advocacy Center is to minimize the impact of abuse on the life of a child-victim. Without the services provided by a CAC, a child may be asked to recount the worst story of his or her life, the story of being abused, repeatedly to doctors, officers, lawyers, therapists, investigators, social workers, judges, and adults. Further, they may be asked to describe the traumatic experience in a police station where they think they might be in trouble or they may be asked the wrong questions by a well-meaning teacher or other adult that could actually hurt the case against the abuser.

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