Color Run at Misericordia University bring awareness to teenage suicide

By Geri Gibbons - For Dallas Post
Morgan Evans douses runners with cornstarch and food dye during a 5K Color Run at Misericordia University. The race in honor of Morgan’s brother David Evans funds scholarships to high school students entering the school and brings awareness to teen suicide. - Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post
Approximately 120 runners participate in the fourth annual David Evans Memorial 5K Color Run around the Misericordia University campus. The race is held as a scholarship fundraiser for students planning to attend the school. - Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post
Dawn Evans, originator of the Color Run, thanks runners for their participation. The race is a commemorative run for her son David and the proceeds provide scholarship funds for students planning to attend Misericordia University. - Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post
Kelsey Hadsall encourages her friend Mike Harth after he finishes the fourth annual 5K David Evans Memorial Color Run at Misericordia University. - - Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post
Ryan Horn, an occupational therapy grad student at Misericordia University, ends the race very blue and in third place. - - Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post
David Lutchko, of Scranton, was again this year’s first-place finisher at a 5K Color Run at Misericordia University that brings awareness to teen suicide and provides scholarship money for students entering the college. - - Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post

DALLAS — Misericordia University hosted its fourth annual David A. Evans Jr. Memorial Color Run/Walk April 29, despite overcast skies, chilly temperatures and the threat of rain.

Dawn Evans, David’s mother and an assistant professor of occupational therapy at the university, said her son would have definitely approved.

“He always loved the rain and it rains every year,” she said. “We always joke and say he sends it.”

Shortly after David committed suicide in 2014 at the age of 16, his family decided it would sponsor the color run to fund a scholarship for a student at Holy Redeemer who plans to attend Misericordia.

In its first three years, the event has raised over $10,000 in scholarship money.

​The university’s Student Government and Occupational Therapy Club now organizes the event which has become a staple of the university’s Spring Fest weekend.

Evans also wants the annual run to be an opportunity to continue the discussion about teen suicide.

In opening remarks, she told attendees suicide is the leading cause of death for young people between 12 and 25.

Still, Evans’ message was one of joy and family as she helped “throw color” with her daughter Megan, as runners made their way past the halfway point in the race.

Although about 120 runners and walkers seemed to thoroughly enjoy making their way through the campus, “throwing color” (colored cornstarch) was a coveted assignment.

Sophomore Peyton Porch enthusiastically waited for participants to go by as she “threw pink” at them.

She was delighted that she herself became more “pink” as the event went on.

Senior Trevor George said, “When you finish the race, you’re pretty much tie-dyed.”

George didn’t run this year, though.

“I’m throwing color,” he said. “Hopefully green.”

Darcy Brodmerkel, Director of Student Activities, said the event has continued to grow, both in spirit and number.

“We have about 120 participants this year,” she said. “The students are excited about participating.”

Sophomore David Lutchko crossed the finish line first, covered with powdery color and smiling.

Lutchko, who also took first last year, said he wasn’t sure he was going to win.

“I’m glad I ran,” he said. “It was a great reason to get out of bed.”

Occupational therapy student Brenden Walker took second place.

“I used to run cross country in high school,” he said. “I haven’t been really running because I’m studying so hard. Everything hurts.”

The event concluded with a color throw which ensured that even those who might have escaped being covered in color during the event emerged covered in pastel dust.

To Dawn Evans and her family, it was a wonderful way to again remember David, his personality and his life.

Morgan Evans douses runners with cornstarch and food dye during a 5K Color Run at Misericordia University. The race in honor of Morgan’s brother David Evans funds scholarships to high school students entering the school and brings awareness to teen suicide.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DP-05062018-5K-color-run-5.jpgMorgan Evans douses runners with cornstarch and food dye during a 5K Color Run at Misericordia University. The race in honor of Morgan’s brother David Evans funds scholarships to high school students entering the school and brings awareness to teen suicide. Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post

Approximately 120 runners participate in the fourth annual David Evans Memorial 5K Color Run around the Misericordia University campus. The race is held as a scholarship fundraiser for students planning to attend the school.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DP-05062018-MU-5K-color-run-1.jpgApproximately 120 runners participate in the fourth annual David Evans Memorial 5K Color Run around the Misericordia University campus. The race is held as a scholarship fundraiser for students planning to attend the school. Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post

Dawn Evans, originator of the Color Run, thanks runners for their participation. The race is a commemorative run for her son David and the proceeds provide scholarship funds for students planning to attend Misericordia University.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DP-05062018-MU-5K-color-run-2.jpgDawn Evans, originator of the Color Run, thanks runners for their participation. The race is a commemorative run for her son David and the proceeds provide scholarship funds for students planning to attend Misericordia University. Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post

Kelsey Hadsall encourages her friend Mike Harth after he finishes the fourth annual 5K David Evans Memorial Color Run at Misericordia University.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DP-05062018-MU-5K-color-run-3.jpgKelsey Hadsall encourages her friend Mike Harth after he finishes the fourth annual 5K David Evans Memorial Color Run at Misericordia University. Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post

Ryan Horn, an occupational therapy grad student at Misericordia University, ends the race very blue and in third place.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DP-05062018-MU-5K-color-run-4-.jpgRyan Horn, an occupational therapy grad student at Misericordia University, ends the race very blue and in third place. Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post

David Lutchko, of Scranton, was again this year’s first-place finisher at a 5K Color Run at Misericordia University that brings awareness to teen suicide and provides scholarship money for students entering the college.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DP-05062018-MU-5K-color-run-6.jpgDavid Lutchko, of Scranton, was again this year’s first-place finisher at a 5K Color Run at Misericordia University that brings awareness to teen suicide and provides scholarship money for students entering the college. Charlotte Bartizek | For Dallas Post
Event bring awareness to teenage suicide

By Geri Gibbons

For Dallas Post

For more resources and information about suicide prevention access American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website at: https://afsp.org/

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