The UT Student Nurses Association is giving people a reason to run.
Sprint for the Prints, a 5k walk and run, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, to raise funding for the Student Nurses Association's philanthropy project, Precious Prints.
Growing out of an encounter between Lynne Miller, a clinical instructor in the College of Nursing, and the owner of the local business, Precious Metal Prints, the project provides parents who have lost a child with a sterling silver pendant at no cost to them.
Miller, who is now the project head, first suggested a partnership that would permit the College of Nursing to gift grieving parents with a physical remembrance of their lost child.
"I saw a young woman leave the hospital without her child," Miller said. "I rode the elevator down with her, and it was one of the most heartbreaking things that I had ever seen. She left with nothing tangible to take with her."
The project was launched at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital in March 2012, and has since donated more than 60 pendants.
Sprints for the Prints is the largest fundraising event held for the Precious Prints Project.
Armstrong is enthusiastic about how the race will benefit the program.
"[Sprints for the Prints] will tremendously help to sustain the project and allow us to continue providing kits to East Tennessee Children's Hospital," Armstrong said.
More than 120 people have registered to participate in the 5k thus far. According to Allison Armstrong, philanthropy chair on the executive board of the Student Nurses Association, that number includes many UT faculty.
Even the Dean of the College of Nursing herself, Dr. Victoria Niederhauser, has signed herself up for the race.
The runners and walkers of the first annual Sprint for the Prints will travel a route beginning in Circle Park, winding in and around campus, and ending back at Circle Park.
Online registration closes on Friday, Sept. 13. However, registration will be open again on race day. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and the race begins at 8 a.m.
For more information on Sprints for the Prints or the Precious Prints Project, visit the website here. Cost of registration is $28.