On Saturday, August 24, community members gathered to participate in the 10th Annual Cameron Hoskins 5K/10K Walk/Run, also known as the Cam-Run. The event, hosted by the Cameron Hoskins Foundation, is the community’s way to honor the memory of Cameron Hoskins, who died in a tragic accident at the age of 12 in August 2009.
This year, the race was held at the Chavies First Church of God, and had 206 participants. The race was judged in four divisions/categories, which were “Fastest kid in town” (8 years and under), 5K, 10K and JROTC. Winners included: (5K male) Anthony Hidalgo; (5K female) Maggie Combs; (10K male) Brandon Gayheart; (10K female) Makenna Gayheart; (JROTC male) Javin Crowley; (JROTC female) Jazmine Akers; (Children 8/under male) Simeon Fisher; and (Children 8/under female) Shaelynn Fugate.
Even more people showed up to show support, said Michael Smith, Cameron’s uncle and the director of the race. Smith said that they always have support, but this year was better than it had been in a while.
“We had a ton of community support this year,” said Smith, claiming that representatives from the sheriff’s office, the fiscal court, doctors, lawyers, judges, superintendents and more showed up and either helped or participated in the race. “It takes a team to pull something like that off. That kind of sums up our community, really.”
Smith said that the money raised during the Cam-Run fundraiser goes towards providing scholarships to high school students in Perry County, explaining that the foundation usually gives $10,000 to $20,000 in scholarships annually to Buckhorn High School, Perry County Central High School and Hazard High School.
“This past year, we gave four $1,000 to each high school in Perry County,” Smith said. “The money that we raise goes to student athletes that are in need to go to college or a career.”
Smith said that not all of the money from this year’s race has been collected yet, but on the day of the race they had already counted up to $8,000.
“I’m going to say we’ll be closer to $10,000 by the time it is all in,” Smith said. “It is a ton of work, but it is rewarding. Kids usually drop out of school because of financial issues.”
While the funds are generally for scholarships, Smith said, there are some instances where some of the money will be used to help families within the community.
“We support people and students in need,” said Smith, stating that the foundation will occasionally make donations to others who have had disasters happen, such as a house lost to a fire, or if they are just in need.
“Even with what happened to my family with the death of my nephew, you take that and turn it into something that is positive,” said Smith. “I think Cameron would be very happy and would be smiling down on us.”