The 10th annual Deon Lewis Memorial Hope Run is one month away, and we could not be more excited!

Also known as the Neon Deon Run, our 5K fundraiser seeks to raise support and awareness for single parents as they pursue higher education, pull themselves out of poverty, and forever change the trajectory of their lives.

“At H.O.P.E, our mission is crystal clear: empower single parents, transform lives, and break the cycle of poverty for single parent families,” Kenita Smith, founder of H.O.P.E. Inc., says. “Every step in the Neon Deon Run is a stride towards brighter futures for single parents. Your run becomes their hope.”

The race will take place on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET at McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth, Georgia. We hope you will participate and celebrate with us, along with your family! The kid-friendly event is superhero themed and will include a costume contest, raffle, prizes, and a fun run for children.

If you can’t attend the 5K in person, the event will be available virtually from Sept. 25 through Oct. 6. To register for the virtual event, you can visit the run’s website for more information.

Our hope is that this fundraiser will not only be a fun, meaningful experience for all — but that it will spur on our mission to help low-income single parents complete their degrees. Since 2011, we have been able to support 108 single parents and 239 children. Of the graduated participants, the average single parent’s income has increased by over $25,000 from when they began the program!

Through opportunities like the Deon Lewis Memorial Hope Run, you can come alongside us in bolstering single parents as they work to change their lives through higher education, for generations to come.

“As we gear up for the 10th Annual Deon Lewis Memorial HOPE Run, our hope is to not just cross the finish line, but to cross the boundaries of what’s possible for our community,” Smith says.

Whether in-person or virtually, we hope to see you there!