The first annual “Giggle Medic” 5K run and walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes to honor Stephanie Callaway, a Sussex County paramedic who died in the line of duty this summer. “Giggle Medic” was Callaway’s MySpace handle.
“At the time of her death, Steph was the president of the Sussex County Paramedic Association, and we wanted to honor her and at the same time give support to the scholarship fund. We thought it would be a good way to increase awareness of the fund,” said SCPA’s Gabriela Evans.
The Sussex County Paramedic Association, in conjunction with the city of Lewes, and with help from Seashore Striders, is sponsoring the run/walk.
The proceeds will benefit the Sussex County Paramedic Association Scholarship Foundation, which was designed to benefit local students. As president of the association, Callaway was part of making that happen.
The run/walk will start at Cape Henlopen High School on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m., with entertainment and food to follow after an awards ceremony. Awards for the overall, masters and Top 3 finishers in age groups of 9 or younger; 10-13; 14-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49, 60-69; and 70 or older will be given. The Stephanize Callaway Spirit Award will be given to both the female and male paramedics who come in first.
The run will be bittersweet for paramedic Evans and other like her, who knew Callaway and her infectious spirit.
“She’d be laughing at all the attention,” said Evans. “My co-worker said just today, ‘If it had been somebody else, Stephanie would be the one organizing this herself.’ She would be happy and proud that we are doing it.”
Pre-registration for the event cost $20 before Oct. 6. Same-day registration is available for $25, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Participants can also register online through www.active.com by searching for “Giggle Medic Run.”