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Sprint for the Prints Breaks Record with $20,550 Raised

Final numbers are in, and the Sprint for the Prints exceeded its goal and broke a record for most race participants and dollars raised. The race saw 530 registrations representing 24 states and resulted in proceeds of $20,550.

The funds raised from this event will directly benefit the Precious Prints Project, which provides free fingerprint charms to families who have lost a child. The project aims at helping families channel their grief in a healthy, compassionate way.

With the rise of COVID-19 cases and the increased infectious capability of the delta variant officials made the decision to transition the hybrid event to a fully virtual event. The virtual format allowed participants to complete the 3.1 miles any time from September 18 to September 25.

“The endless passion and commitment of our students fuel this project and that energy is contagious,” said Lynne Miller, director of the Precious Prints Project. “To know that all over the country people were participating to provide support to families who experienced such heartbreaking loss is yet another reason to be proud to be a part of Vol Nursing.”

Since the beginning of the project, through the Student Nurses Association funding efforts and project management, more than 1,300 families have received a tangible linking remembrance of a child’s life that ended all too soon.

“We are so proud of the students and staff that helped to make this the most successful race to date,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the college. “The Precious Prints Project is making a significant impact on the families in our community and beyond. It is an honor to witness the growth of this project, and watch the students fuel the efforts behind the scenes.”

CONTACT:

Kara Clark Cardwell (kmclark2@utk.edu, 865-974-9498)