March 15, 2008
Hundreds of people woke up early Saturday morning to run a 5K race at the University of Virginia to benefit Camp Holiday Trails.
For 25 years the UVA School of Medicine has organized the 5K race, and this year the event raised over $2,000 for Camp Holiday Trails, a year-round camp in Charlottesville that helps children with special medical needs go to summer camp.
First and second year medical students organized the race, and this year over 200 people participated, which is a record for the last several years.
"It's free for the kids, and then they get a little bit of health education when they're there. It's a great experience because a lot of these kids have chronic diseases they will be living with for the rest of their lives, so it's great that they can come out and be kids at summer camp," said Kate Collins of the University of Virginia Mullin Society.
Camp Holiday Trails does not charge for its camps, so it is free for children with special medical needs.