EOD Warrior Foundation to hold Stacy Strong 5K Run/Walk


Nov. 3 event honors Greenville native Kenton Stacy

Staff report



SAN DIEGO — A fundraising 5K will take place Nov. 3 to benefit Kenton Stacy, a Greenville native seriously injured in Syria in 2017.

The inaugural Stacy Strong 5K, hosted by the EOD Warrior Foundation, will be held Nov. 3 in NTC Park at Liberty Station. The event begins at 8 a.m. and includes a variety of family activities, a kid’s fun run, music, a silent auction and awards for top runners.

On Nov. 9, 2017, Senior Chief Petty Officer Stacy, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal technician, was struck by an improvised explosive device during operations in Syria. The explosion has left Stacy as a quadriplegic who requires lifelong care. Kenton and his wife, Lindsey, have four children younger than 10 years old.

“We are really excited to be out in the community, working with neighbors, friends and organizations to support the Stacy family and all our EOD Warriors,” said Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation.

Earlier this month, the Stacy family found out they are the recipients of a specially adapted smart home through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program. R.I.S.E. provides these heroes and their families with the resources to overcome their new life challenges. Since Sinise’s involvement in 2010, to the Gary Sinise Foundation’s efforts today, 70 homes have been completed or are underway.

“We feel honored to be able to support Kenton, Lindsey and their children. Kenton has given so much for our country and we know the San Diego community will rally around the Stacy family and welcome them with open arms,” Sinise said.

Funds raised from the Stacy Strong 5K are used to support the Stacy family and other EOD families in need. The 5K registration fee is $40. The Junior EOD Warrior 1K is $30 and virtual running options are available. Wounded services members receive free registration. Register online at EOD Warrior Foundation. Sponsorship packages range from $100 to $5,000.

The EOD Warrior Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the EOD family by providing financial relief, scholarship opportunities, physical, social and emotional support. The foundation offers EOD families hope and wellness retreats and to care for the EOD Memorial Wall, located at Eglin AFB, Florida. To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see its fundraising events calendar, visit EODWarriorFoundation.org.

Nov. 3 event honors Greenville native Kenton Stacy

Staff report