Members of the Albritton Bulldog PTA hosted a 5K run/walk, which kicked off at Smith Lake, Oct. 5. The event was held in honor of Stephanie Ann Will, who lost her eight-year battle with breast cancer last year.

In addition to honoring Stephanie, the event was also held to help the Will Family raise money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte, N.C., which takes place at the end of this month.

“We want to promote awareness for breast cancer and find a cure,” Stephanie’s husband, Master Sgt. Daniel Will, a Soldier with the United States Army Special Operations Command said about the 5K run/walk.

Will said he and his son Ryan, 16, are going to participate in the 39.3 mile Avon walk, while his other son, Kyle, 13, and daughter, Abbygail, 10, will be part of the Avon Walk youth crew.

Ryan, a student at Massey Hill Classical High School, said he would like to promote awareness for breast cancer because not only did he lose his mother to this horrible disease, but he also lost his grandmother to breast cancer this summer.

“You don’t have to be a certain age to be affected by tragedy,” Ryan said. “My life has never been the same since my mom passed away and I just want to make a difference.”

Helping the Will Family meet their goal, was friend Vera Stukes, a Family care coordinator with Womack Army Medical Center.

“I loved her and her spirit is still here,” Stukes said. “I know she’s smiling down at us right now.”

Stukes volunteered her time to sell raffle tickets.

“I love doing this and helping with breast cancer awareness,” Stukes said.

Over 100 people showed up to support the Will Family and between the registration fee and raffle ticket sales, the Will Family was able to raise approximately $2,000. Will said his goal is to raise $10,000 to help fight breast cancer.

“I believe after today we are halfway to meeting our goal for the Avon Walk in Charlotte,” Will said.

To help the Will family meet their goal, donations can be made at the avonwalk.org website under the team name, Team Stephanie Ann Will.  The Avon Walk in Charlotte is scheduled to take place Oct. 26 and 27.