Tishomingo — Stevy Cellum’s biggest fear was that no one would remember her after she died.
The 16-year-old Tishomingo teenager died of cancer in 2011, when she was only 16. But Tishomingo residents honor her memory once a year with Stevy’s Run, a fundraiser to benefit Oklahoma charities.
The event shows Stevy’s family that people still remember her, said her mother, Gayla Cellum.
“It just helps us to see that her wish to not be forgotten is still in the minds of the people in our community,” she said. “Just to see them all come together in that and to remember her and her journey — that’s important to us.”
This year’s Stevy’s Run is set for July 5 at the First United Methodist Church, 202 N. Neshoba in Tishomingo. The event includes a 10K run, a 5K run and a one-mile fun run.
Runners may register at Clary’s Insurance, 217. W. Main in Tishomingo, or Rowe Law Firm at 225 W. Main in Tishomingo. Online registration is available at www.signmeup.com by June 30, or people may register the day of the race at the First United Methodist Church of Tishomingo, 202 N. Neshoba. Registration fees are $30 for the 10K run, $25 for the 5K run and $20 for the fun run.
Runners may pick up their race packets from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. July 3 or from 6 to 7 a.m. July 5 at the church. Shuttles will be available from 6 to 10 a.m. on race day to take people from Tishomingo High School to the church.
The 10K run will begin at 7 a.m. at the church, followed by the 5K run at 7:30 and the fun run at 7:45. Spectators can enjoy activities, including bouncy houses for young children, while they wait for runners to cross the finish line. The event usually attracts about 300 runners from Tishomingo and other communities, including Ada.