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UT’s College of Nursing will hold the fifth annual Sprint for the Prints 5k run and walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 28, in Circle Park.

The race will benefit the college’s Student Nurses Association’s philanthropy, the Precious Prints Project.

The project was developed to comfort grieving families who have suffered the loss of a child by providing them with a sterling silver pendant bearing the fingerprint of their child. Through fundraising, this pendant comes at no cost to families or the hospitals.

Since January 2012, more than 500 families have received a pendant.

“This program provides students with the opportunity to learn leadership, participate in service-learning, and provide engagement in their professional organization,” said Lynne Miller, nursing instructor and director of the Precious Prints Project. “Last year over 350 registered runners raised over $9,000. In the future we hope to meet the needs of grieving families in additional regions.”

Registration is $30 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. Registration will be accepted on race day with payment by cash or check. Participants may also create and join teams, sponsor other participants, and donate directly to the cause.

Free food, prizes, and music will be provided. The event is stroller- and dog-friendly.

Partners for the Precious Prints project include Blount Memorial Hospital, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Parkwest Medical Center, Tennova Health Care, and UT Medical Center.

Media coverage: WATE, Oct. 24; WBIR, Ginna Roe, Oct. 28


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