Run, walk or wheel to support Veterans on Saturday

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VA 5K at VA on Leestown Road in Lexington in November 2018 - Rolling Thunder chapter starts race

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The annual VA 5K will be held this Saturday, November 2, to raise money for the Lexington Fisher House and the Lexington VA Health Care System.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the fundraising campaign to build a Lexington Fisher House.  A Fisher House is a home where military and veterans’ families stay for free while their loved one is hospitalized at either Lexington VA Health Care System’s hospitals.

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The home will be built just inside and to the left of the main entrance to the hospital on Leestown Road.  The groundbreaking is scheduled for this time next year.

The home will have 16 private suites and an open living room, dining room and kitchen, totaling 13,400 square feet.  It is a $7 million project.  The local fundraising group, ‘Friends of Lexington Fisher House’ is working to raise half the construction cost, which will be matched by the national Fisher House Foundation.

Saturday’s race course will take runners, walkers and wheelers through the park-like grounds of the Lexington VA Health Care System Sousley Campus at 2250 Leestown Road in Lexington.

The race begins at Noon.  The cost is $35 for adults, $20 for children under the age of 18 and $30 for teams of ten or more.

The proceeds will be split between the VA and the Friends of Lexington Fisher House, which is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation.  Donations are tax deductible.

On-site registration on race day will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

There will be door prizes, military vehicles on-site and a Blackhawk Helicopter from the Kentucky National Guard will land on-site and be on display.

To sign-up online or to get more event information, click here

To learn more about Lexington Fisher House, click here

To see the difference a Fisher House makes in the lives of military and veterans’ families, click here

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Tom Kenny joined ABC 36 News in June of 2001 as a General Assignment Reporter. A native of Peoria, Illinois, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Western Illinois University. He currently anchors ABC 36 News at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm. Tom has more than three decades of experience in broadcast journalism. He is the only broadcast journalist in Lexington television history to be honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award. Tom was recognized for reporting on a story that gave a rare glimpse inside the secretive world of the Federal Witness Protection Program. He has won an Emmy Award for anchoring and another for investigative reporting, exposing the deceit and potential danger of online diploma mills. Tom has ten other Emmy nominations to his credit for investigative and feature reporting. He has won Associated Press Awards for reporting and anchoring. He has won two Addy Awards for excellence in promotional writing. Tom was the first broadcast journalist in Lexington TV history to be awarded the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is one of the highest honors given by NATAS. It recognizes television professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry for 25-years or more. Tom was honored for more than his longevity, he was recognized for making an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry and for setting high standards of achievement. He was also recognized for giving back to the community as a mentor, educator and volunteer. Tom also has network broadcast experience in radio and television having worked as a sports reporter for ESPN, Sportschannel, NBC Sports and the Breeders’ Cup. He was also the studio host and halftime producer for CBS Radio Sports’ College Football Game of the Week and covered the NFL for One-On-One Radio Sports. Prior to joining WTVQ-TV, Tom was Vice-President of the Houston Astros Minor League baseball team in Lexington. He was part of the original management team that brought professional baseball back to the Bluegrass after a nearly 50-year absence. Tom has lived in Lexington since 1984. In that time, he has been heavily involved with dozens of charity and civic groups, with a special emphasis on helping Veterans. He can be reached at tkenny@wtvq.com. You can also follow Tom on Facebook www.facebook.com/TomKennyABC and Twitter @TomKennyNews. Just click on the links at the top of the page.