Parents honor son with 5K raising funds for veterans - KCTV5

Parents honor son with 5K raising funds for veterans

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GARDNER, KS (KCTV) -

The family of a local soldier killed in Afghanistan is planning to hold a run next month in his honor.

Army Spc. Spencer Duncan, 21, of Olathe, KS, died Aug. 6, 2011. He was one of 30 American servicemen killed when their unit's Chinook helicopter was shot down.

The 2nd Annual Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count 5k run/walk will start and end at a hangar at New Century AirCenter. Not only does it give people a chance to raise money to help out local veterans, but participants will get a chance to get a close up look at some amazing military equipment, like the Chinook helicopters that will be on display.

Duncan's parents said the day their son died changed their lives forever, but they wanted to do something to honor his memory. They said he had so much respect for veterans and sacrifices they have made for our country that they decided to organize the first 5k run last year.

This year's run will be held on Sat., Aug. 3 at the New Century AirCenter in Gardner, KS.

The money raised goes to support local organizations that help veterans. They also provide scholarships for vets attending college.

"These men and women are coming home and their lives are changed. They have lost comrades and health, peace of mind and what we are trying to do is trying to make a difference. That's what we are trying to do," said Megan Duncan, Spencer's mother.

"We know that Spencer would want to come home and honor our veterans and so we are honoring him by doing that. Last year was first annual 5k, it was a great success and we had a lot of support from the community," said Dale Duncan, Spencer's father.

Last year the run had nearly 500 runners participate.

Click here for more information on the run and how to register.

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