Students Organize Benefit Fun Run/Walk For Baylor DPS Officer

April 14, 2000

Baylor University's Freshman Leadership Organization (FLO) and Freshman Class Council will sponsor a Fun Run/Walk to benefit Gloria Phelps, a public service officer in Baylor's Department of Public Safety, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m., 30 minutes prior to the race on Tuesday, April 18, in front of Marrs-McLean Gym on the Baylor campus. A $5 minimum donation is required at registration.

Phelps recently was diagnosed with cancer and was forced to give up her second job due to treatment scheduling. She also will be off work from the DPS office for five to six weeks. Phelps has one daughter who is currently a sophomore at Baylor and another daughter who is a senior at Lorena High School. Phelps also recently learned that her 7-year old granddaughter has been diagnosed with cancer.

Chuck Chessher, a Baylor freshman from Weatherford, said he was planning an FLO walking fundraiser for a local charity when he heard about the DPS officer's situation. "I really wanted to help the Phelps family because I've been in the same situation with a family member being diagnosed with cancer," Chessher said. "The biggest thing we want her to gain from this is to know that there are people here for her and her family. Whatever God provides as far as the money would be great."

Participants may register to either walk or run around the designated track through campus. Maps and signs will be available to give direction. In addition, gift certificates from area businesses will be awarded to those who place in the top three spots of both the walk and run portions of the event. All other donations are welcome.

For more information about the Fun Run/Walk to benefit Gloria Phelps, contact Liz Webb or Chad Peterson in the department of student activities at 710-2371.

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