Get to Know the Harbin Hero Challenge Finalists

The results are in! Thanks to their dedicated supporters, five local charities soared into the top five spots of the 2018 Harbin Hero Challenge.

Each of these charities will receive a $500 donation from Harbin Clinic, and with your help one charity will win an additional $1,000 at the Harbin Hero Hustle.

Each early race registration will earn two points for their charity of choice, while race-day registrations will earn one point.

The winners of the pre-race costume contest will also win an additional 10 points for their chosen charity.

After the race, the charity with the most points will win a $1,000 donation from Harbin Clinic. The remaining four charities will then be entered into a random drawing for a $750 donation.

Learn more about these real-life heroes and how they serve our community and get ready to help them save the day at the Harbin Hero Hustle.

The Sweet Cocoon

Amanda Bohannon founded The Sweet Cocoon after losing her daughter, Marlowe, to Sanfilippo syndrome in 2012. The Sweet Cocoon is a proposed retreat that will offer fun, relaxation and respite for families of children with serious illnesses and disabilities. A tract of land has been purchased and plans are underway to build this special sanctuary.

Summit Quest

After losing his father to lung cancer in 2007, William James realized how deeply the cancer of a loved one impacts the entire family. He founded the Summit Quest, an organization that provides care, support groups and outdoor adventures for the whole family as they face cancer together.

LivingProof Recovery

LivingProof Recovery offers support to community members facing addiction. They provide training, advocacy, peer support and spiritual guidance to those impacted by drug and alcohol dependence, so that they can be successful in long-term recovery and experience life to the fullest. 

RLT Prime Timers

The RLT Prime Timers is the acting troupe of the Rome Little Theatre Senior Theatre Program. The 12-week program offers workshops in theatrical production to participants 50 and older. At the end of the session, the group takes the show on the road and performs for local assisted living and retirement communities.

Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers

Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers provides shelter and care for at-risk youth. In conjunction with the United Methodist Women, the organization provides residential treatment, specialized foster care, recreation therapy and community programs to abused and neglected children so that they can heal and thrive.   

The Harbin Hero Hustle benefits the programs and services of Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation. Online registration for the run is $25 and $20 for the walk. Race-day registration will begin at the park at 4 p.m. and will be $30 for the run and the walk. RFPRD will host the packet pick-up on Thursday, Sept. 27 for groups and Friday, Sept. 28 for everyone else.

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