The 7th and final Kasey Ragan’s Heart & Soul: Run, Walk or Roll was held Saturday, March 10 at the Northwestern State University campus. The popular event has raised over $170,000 over its history for the Louisiana Lions Camp for handicapped children. This year’s race is expected to raise an additional $25,000 for this worthy cause. A record field of 510 registered runners came out to continue and celebrate the life and legacy of Kasey Joelle Ragan. The day featured a 1 mile fun run as well as a 5k race and a “Roar” that featured some truly challenging stations requiring various physically demanding events in addition to the run.
Volunteers from NSU and several of its sports teams were joined by community organizations, businesses and local schools in helping with everything from passing out refreshments, cheering the runners on and marking the course. A group of pageant queens greeted the runners as they crossed the finish line. From the first race to the last, this has truly been a community event with many of the runners and volunteers having been to each of the races.
The Louisiana Lions Camp gives handicapped children a chance to just be kids and have fun in an environment designed for them. Kasey Ragan was a counselor at the camp and its children were dear to her heart. Thanks to her parents and family, a dedicated group of volunteers and a community that rallied around them, 15 young men and women who were campers as children and went on to college have scholarships. It is a fitting and proper way to honor the memory of a superb young woman taken from us all too soon. It is a worthy and lasting legacy.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the event’s photography. Copy protection is off and everyone is welcome to download any photos they wish. If you do so, please make a donation to the Louisiana Lions Camp in Kasey’s memory.