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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Community walk to raise funds for ALS research in honor of teacher

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  • News crews from KSHB-TV 41 Action News, of Kansas City, Mo., were at Chillicothe's Grand River Technical Center Thursday, talking with former R-2 teacher and coach Dave Kinen and local seniors regarding an upcoming 5K benefit run/walk for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), which was featured in a story during the station's 6 p.m. news program last night.
    The story references one that KSHB did on Kinen three years ago, regarding him dealing with his diagnosis of ALS, while still coaching and teaching within the R-2 district.
    The story opens on Kinen standing against a wall, instructing his former wrestling students on technique, and then cuts to today, as he is riding back and forth across a GRTS classroom in his motorized wheelchair. It shows him struggling to rise up out of his chair.
    "My stability while I'm on my feet — I'm not as stable," Kinen says. "Back then, I could somewhat walk."
    Chillicothe High School seniors Cyrsten Lollar and Maura Sturguess, a part of what makes up Kinen's first kindergarten physical education class when he began work in the R-2 district, as well as members of the local group sponsoring the referenced 5K event, spoke of Kinen's resolve, as well as the inspiration he gives to them.
    "It's really inspiring to see how much he's went through," Lollar says. "His quote that he always tells people is to 'Never give up.'"
    "Whenever people are, like, 'Oh, I can't do this' — well, Coach Kinen goes through so much every day, and he still never quits," says Sturguess. "He never backs down."
    KSHB speaks of Kinen's retention of aspects of a normal life, including continued volunteer work at the elementary schools, despite his retirement before the beginning of this past school year, as well as attendance at middle school and high school sporting events, and keeping in contact with local students and patrons.
    "The students know it's too late for research to help their coach," tones KSHB reporter Eric Schultz, as the story draws to a close. "But his courage is motivating them to help others."
    Tomorrow morning (Saturday, Oct. 20), local students will be hosting the Stadium2Stadium 5K Run/Walk, starting at 8 a.m., at the Old Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium, and ending at the new Jerry Litton Stadium. The event will raise money for ALS research, per the students, in honor of Coach Dave Kinen. A video about the fund-raising walk can be found on the Constitution-Tribune's website, www.chillicothenews.com.
    To pre-register participation in the run/walk, contact Jenny Hughes, at stadium2stadium5k@gmail.com.
    As of Friday morning, 337 people had signed up for the event, according to Hughes. Registration tomorrow will begin at 7:30 a.m., at the Grand River Technical School, 1200 Fair St. Persons are asked to park there, as well. Students rates will, at that time, be $20 per, and adults will be charged $25 to participate.
    Page 2 of 2 - There will be golf carts along the route in case persons need assistance, as well as two water stops. Policemen will monitor the traffic crossing Highway 190 during the race. A shuttle bus can bring participants back to GRTS following the event, if need be.
    To view the KSHB Kinen story in its entirety, visit http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/state/missouri/Chillicothe-students-rally-behind-coach-battling-ALS-with-Stadium-2-Stadium-5K.
    To view the Constitution-Tribune's interview with Jenny Hughes and Maura Sturguess, visit http://www.chillicothenews.com/section?template=videodetail&vid=1907607330001&vidtitle=Coach%20Dave%20Kinen%20Stadium%202%20Stadium

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