Coyote Classic raises funds for Gottslebens The Source Committee (Sharing Our Community Resources) at The University of South Dakota sponsored the second Annual Coyote Classic Run/Fun Walk on April 18.
This year's recipient of the "Coyote Classic" was 14-year-old Kendra Gottsleben, who will undergo surgery this summer in Baltimore, MD to fuse her spine.
Once again the Vermillion community showed an outpouring of love, support and generosity by raising over $4,000 to help the Gottsleben family defray expenses during their five month stay in Baltimore.
We would like to share with you a shortened version of that special day written by Kendra's grandmother, Helen Gottsle-
Approaching the vast number of people, young and old, who were participating in the Run/Fun Walk for Kendra, it seemed that we could see the face of God, shining forth from every one of them. We know God works through his people, and his workings were very evident that bright sunny day, April 18 in Vermillion.
With USD's Old Main as a background of registration, and the beginning of spring grass and flowers abundant, people milled around awaiting the word "go" for the runners and walkers. It was a happy day, for a purpose, and it was evident that everyone loved Kendra and wanted to tell her just that.
The Drews and Gottslebens brought lawn chairs to rest and converse before the event. Kendra was there, with Patrick (her cousin) standing guard as her guarding angel, pushing her around in her "mobile throne" and her many young friends surrounding her with laughter and chatter.
It was well organized, and at 2 p.m., it began. The starter shouted "Go!" and the race began. Many track people participated, including track stars of the USD team. It was indicative of their love and respect for Kendra, that so many friends and relatives were there to show their support.
We selected the "children's route," which was a mile. Patrick guided Kendra along the way with her friends surrounding her. Others participated in the walk and run. We stopped midway for a glass of cool water.
As we traveled north toward home that evening, we truly felt we had seen the face of God in every person we met that afternoon. And it was all because we love Kendra.
The Source Committee and the Gottsleben family are sincerely grateful to the numerous people who participated and so generously donated to help make the "Second Annual Coyote Classic" a success.