Race memorializes local children, raises money for Children's Hospital

CONWAY (Log Cabin Democrat) - Faulkner County's chapter of Circle of Friends, a group raising funds and awareness for Arkansas Children's Hospital, will hold an inaugural benefit race while also honoring the memories of two local children.

Organizers of Freezin' for a Reason, a 2k, 5k and 10k race event, said the idea of the benefit came from the desire to honor the memories of Charlotte Diane Mulhearn and Stella Rose Mulhearn.

The daughters of Amanda and Travis Mulhearn, of Conway, were patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Stella Rose, as she was known, died early in 2012 of brain cancer. The Mulhearns' infant daughter, Charlotte Diane, died five years before of a rare heart infection.

Amanda Mulhearn told organizers the months she and her husband spent at the hospital were the hardest and most desperate of her life, "but being (at Children's Hospital) made them easier."

All proceeds from the race event will go to Arkansas Children's Hospital, a private, nonprofit healthcare facility for children.

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