Jared Coones
Memorial Pumpkin 5k Run/Walk
Saturday, October 12, 2024

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Our Mission

To honor the lives of Jared and Jayne Coones

To create an event that celebrates family and community

To raise funds for research and organizations that support cancer patients and their families

25 Years Running

$1,004,250 Dollars Donated

Remembering Jared & Jayne

Our mission is to honor the lives of Jared and Jayne. Jared was ten years old when he passed away after a lengthy, courageous battle with leukemia in 1998. My wife, Jayne was reunited with Jared in Heaven in 2006 after a difficult battle with breast cancer. We come together to honor their lives.

On April 4, 2024, we lost a dear member of the Pumpkin Run community. Dennis Lindsey passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. I first met Dennis at Black Bob Elementary School. He was serving as the president of the PTO. Dennis’s family lived across the street from the school. Dennis introduced himself & got the PTO involved in supporting the Pumpkin Run. He also wanted to know what else he could do to support our event & honor Jared’s memory. His company helped by printing banners for the Pumpkin Run. Dennis was heavily involved in soccer & his oldest son, Blake was a member of the Olathe South Boys soccer team. Dennis approached Coach Stos about getting the team involved. Coach Stos & Dennis arranged to have the boys & their parents help as course monitors along the route. This incredible relationship continues today!!

Dennis suffered a horrific heart condition nearly 20 years ago that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Throughout this journey, Dennis remained hopeful & full of love & encouragement for his family & friends. He remained an incredible ambassador & friend of the Pumpkin Run. Dennis & his family had a spot on the course that he would monitor every year. Even during some of his most challenging times, he was out there with his family. He told me many times about how important it was for him to be there. I know how meaningful it was to me to see him arrive & be at his spot. This year we will be honoring Dennis by dedicating his spot on the course with a marker. Dennis & Jared shared the same birthday. Now they will get the chance to celebrate their birthdays together in Heaven. Dennis was also very close to my late wife, Jayne. They spent a lot of time supporting & encouraging each other. I know she got strength & hope from Dennis. He was an incredible friend & will be missed.

I hope you will join us on October 12 as we continue to honor Jared & Jayne & to remember Dennis along with all our loved ones that watch over us from Heaven.

Sincerely, Tom


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