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Cumberlands hosts Red Boot Run


Williamsburg, Ky. – The cold weather did not keep people of all ages from showing up to the first Red Boot Run on Saturday, April 14 on the University of the Cumberlands (UC) campus. Participants and supporters met at UC’s Luecker building, where the 5k race—named in honor of Norma Patrick, former UC professor and red boot-wearer—began and ended.

Norma Patrick passed away in April, 2012, while waiting for a liver transplant, only a year after she retired as a professor of education from Cumberlands, where she had worked for 37 years. On Saturday morning, the beloved teacher, mother and friend was honored by more than 200 UC students, faculty, staff family and community members, who participated in the event that was founded to raise funds for the Norma B. Patrick Scholarship Fund at UC and the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates.


There were 15 categories for the runners, broken into age groups, including two for boys and girls ages 14 and up. Coming in first place at 19:59:95 for the men’s division, ages 30-39, 5000 meter run, was Norma’s son Casey Patrick, a 2000 UC graduate. Second place for the same category was his brother Jason Patrick, who graduated from Eastern Kentucky University.

Members of the Red Boot Foundation were pleased that as a result of this first event they were able to donate $4500 to both the Red Boot Foundation and to KODA. When asked about the brothers’ expectations upon thinking of creating the event in December 2012, Casey responded with “I think it turned out really great! We have music, a PA system, refreshments… People are coming in, and are eager to run for the cause! I’m looking forward to seeing the Foundation progress in the years to come.”

Norma Patrick was a 1973 alumnus of State University of New York at Cortland. After completing additional study at Union College, earning 6th Year Program Principal Certification, she began teaching education classes at Cumberland College in 1985.

The Norma B. Patrick Scholarship is awarded to single mothers planning to pursue a degree in the education field and living in the southeastern Kentucky area.

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) is an independent, non-profit and tissue procurement agency with offices in Bowling Green, Lexington, Paducah, Louisville, and Ashland/Huntington. KODA's goal is to inform and aware Kentuckians of the need for individuals interested in organ and tissue donation. KODA also provides training for hospital staffs who present the option of donation to families who have suffered the loss of a loved one and presentations to schools, civic groups and churches.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.