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Highland PTK Supports St. Jude's Marathonpublished January 9, 2017
Highland PTK Supports St. Jude’s Marathon
Highland Community College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) advisor Harry Moeller accompanied members of the Highland’s Alpha Zeta Gamma chapter of PTK to Memphis over the weekend for the annual St. Jude’s Marathon which raises money for the operation of the famed hospital founded by entertainer Danny Thomas. The Highland students, who are officers in the Alpha Zeta Gamma chapter, were Taylor Cooper (Manhattan), Katlyn Kirkwood (Topeka), Obinna Muoh (Benign, Africa), Grace Siard (Atchison), and Katherine Wist (Hiawatha).
The Memphis trip was part of a Kansas/Nebraska Phi Theta Kappa regional service project. The Highland group drove to Coffeyville on Thursday night, and very early Friday morning took a Coffeyville Community College bus to Memphis. Nineteen additional members and advisors, including regional coordinator Tammy Fuentez of Labette Community College, from other Phi Theta Kappa Kansas/Nebraska chapters also went on this trip.
On Saturday, thousands of runners ran one of four races -- 5K/10K/half marathon/marathon. Advisor Harry Moeller and member Katlyn Kirkwood ran in the half marathon. PTK members Cooper, Muoh, Siard, and Wist, were volunteers at one of the hydration stations during the race and cheered on the runners. Muoh reported on Tuesday he was still hoarse from encouraging the runners. Over $5,000,000 was raised for the St. Jude's Research Hospital, which allows child cancer patients to receive free treatment. The tired group returned to Coffeyville on Sunday and arrived back in Highland that night.