Step On Sepsis in Memory of Jerry Minore

Benefiting: Sepsis Alliance
May 7
Hosted by:Sepsis Alliance
May 7, 2016 at 9:00am to
Wake Med Soccer Park map 201 Soccer Park Dr Cary, NC 27511
Goal: $20,000
$20,000 4 100% Complete

Event Details

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Thank you to everyone who supported the third annual Step On Sepsis 5K! Photos and video coming soon. Stay tuned for the 2017 date announcement! 

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Registration Information

  • $30 through April 7
  • $35 from April 8-May 6
  • $40 on May 7
  • Register by April 29 to guarantee event t-shirt.
  • Day of registration and check in will begin at 7am. The 5K will begin at 9am.
  • Children 10 & under are FREE

Race Packet Pick Up
Inside Out Sports is sponsoring packet pick up on Friday, May 6 from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Packets may also be picked up on race day beginning at 7:00 am at Wake Med Soccer Park.

Race Events and Awards
There will be one 5K event which includes professional timing.
Race categories: 12 & under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & up.
Prizes awarded to top 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall men and women and to top finisher in each age group.

There will be an on-site raffle for some fantastic items! The raffle will include:

  • 4 pack of tickets for a Durham Bulls game
  • Prestonwood Golf Package - 4 rounds of golf, cart & balls
  • Marriott gift certificate
  • Koko FitClub - 30 day membership
  • Fortnight Brewing Company Tour and Pint Glasses
  • Hasentree Country Club - Free Foursome
  • And more!

Day of Schedule – The schedule is subject to change, but here is an outline of what to expect on Saturday.

7am – Registration and check in open. Raffle open.

8am – Arrival of the UNC Hospital Carolina Air Care Helicopter

8:15am – Race warm up with the Durham Bull’s Wool E. Bull

8:30am – Official welcome and presentation of State Proclamation

9am – National anthem followed by the race!

10am – Awards ceremony

10:15am – Close of raffle, winners announced

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About Jerry

Jerry Minore was 55 when he passed away in 2012.

He wasn't feeling well for about a week prior to his death. He had a urinary tract infection and had been to his primary care doctor. Jerry was taking antibiotics but didn't seem to be getting better. He wasn't eating or drinking much and had some vomiting. After a visit to the ER of a local hospital, Jerry learned that he had gall stones but he was too sick for surgery to remove his gall bladder. He was admitted to the ICU. IVs were started in both arms to give him fluid and antibiotics. Very weak and tired with a high fever, Jerry and his family were told that he had sepsis. Within 24 hours, other organs in his body stopped working. Jerry was connected to a breathing machine. The doctors tried everything but then his kidneys started to fail and then his blood stopped clotting properly. Everything in his body shut down. He became unresponsive and the doctors said there was no hope. 

Jerry died 3 days after going into the hospital.

About Step On Sepsis

Step On Sepsis was first started by Jeff and Helene Zehnder and their Coventry neighbors in Cary, N.C. Their friend, Jerry Minore, had died of sepsis and the couple wanted to raise sepsis awareness while honoring his memory. The Zehnders established the 5K Walkathon/Road Race, called Step On Sepsis. The inaugural event was held on March 23, 2014. With almost 200 people registered, the event raised over $15,000 for sepsis awareness. 

This year's Honorary Event Chair is Carol Fowler Durham, a nurse educator at the UNC School of Nursing, who nearly died from septic shock in 2010. Now Carol travels around the country and speaks to health-care professionals and nursing students about patient safety, interweaving her personal experience with sepsis. Carol also serves as patient advisor in the implementation of UNC Medical Center’s sepsis reduction initiative, Code Sepsis.

About Sepsis Alliance

Sepsis Alliance is the leading nonprofit patient advocacy organization in North America promoting awareness of sepsis. Sepsis Alliance's mission is to save lives by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. The organization hosts national and community events, distributes educational information, and promotes training and education of sepsis and its devastating effects. Since its founding in 2007, more than 1 million people have visited the SA website, and sepsis awareness has increased from 19% to 44% among American adults. Sepsis Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, a Great Nonprofits 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit, and a GuideStar Gold Rated Charity. 

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