Approximately 300 people registered for the 10th Annual Joey Cushman 5K & Fun Run which took place November 03, 2012 at River Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas.
Each year the JC5K & Fun Run raises approximately $10-15K for the Special Olympics. “Torch Run” (the Law Enforcement end of raising money for Special Olympics raises approximately $1 million dollars annually.
Joey Cushman was an Arlington Police Officer with the Arlington Police Department who died during a training exercise on June 07, 2001. He was assigned to Patrol, but had also been working Part-Time as a SWAT operator. Officer Cushman strongly believed in the Special Olympics and the Arlington PD continues to support that belief in his honor
Participants of all ages from <1 yrs up to 80+ came from as far away as Argyle, Alvarado, Weatherford and Royse City in Support of Officer Cushman and the Special Olympics.
Jeri Cushman (Joey Cushman’s mother) says that this year was a “wonderful, successful year”. She gives many thanks to all the participants, sponsors and everyone who showed up ‘all in the support and honor of Joey’.
The youngest “runner” was Christine Owens (less than a year old). The oldest runner was 81 year old Robert Cunningham followed by 80 year old Alene Pulliza. Despite their advanced age they did not let that stop them. Gordon (last name), who suffered from disc degeneration in the mid 80’s, didn’t let that stop him either, In fact he’s done the Cushman Run several times. His family was good friends with the Cushman family and he is happy to come out and support the continuation of Joey Cushman’s work with the Special Olympics. Other participants also agreed that this was a fun event. Says Richardson (last name), “It’s for a good cause”.
The Exploreres were also there to help out.
Though devestating to many, Officer Cushman’s death was not a complete loss. As a result of his death there was a national campaign to address safety issues during training exercises. States such as Michigan and Wisconsin heard what happened and strove to make changes.
Event Coordinator Officer Gus Klinkenberg says that each Police Department has their own safety protocol and policies. “It is important to follow your departments protocol and to follow policies set up by the department.
Thank You to all who came out and showed their support for Joey Cushman and the Special Olympics: