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Student Social Work Association raises money for uninsured woman through Race for a Reason

The Student Social Work Association is using the O’Bleness Health System Race For A Reason as a platform for which to raise funds for the sister-in-law of an alumna who is facing more than $50,000 in medical bills after an accident.

The largest charity-based race event in Athens, the O’Bleness Health Systems Race for a Reason will be held April 27. A joint venture between Ohio University Athletes in Action and The Center for Sports Administration, the event allows individuals to raise funds for the charity of their choice.

SSWA is composed of Ohio University students who are interested in participating in service projects to address needs in local communities. In this case, the group hopes to help Sarah Wood, the sister-in-law of alumna Hallie Wood, who suffered severe injuries in an ATV accident but does not have medical insurance.

“The ATV she was riding flipped over and landed on her face, shattering every bone from her eye sockets down,” said Judi Haberkorn, SSWA’s advisor. “Sarah has so far undergone eight surgeries; in the future she will need to receive a donor palate, as hers was left without a blood supply and unable to be reattached.”

To donate to the SSWA Race for a Reason fund, visit www.imathlete.com/donate/SupportEncouragementforSarahWood

Questions about Race for a Reason?

Please contact Kate McGowan or Mike Wendling, event co-directors of O’Bleness Health System Race for a Reason, at ohioraceforareason@gmail.com or 740-401-9482.