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History of Event

In 1991 the "Emily Run" was initiated to raise scholarship funding for students at The Orchard School, in memory of Emily Kathryn Gilroy. Emily attended Orchard throughout her arduous battle with cancer. Emily was a constant source of strength to her friends, a positive force, a great friend, and always had a shining smile for all, celebrating life up to the very last moment. Eleven successful events raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for Orchard. "The Emily Run" has moved in a new direction, and is now called the Spirit Run to recognize and celebrate the indefatigable spirit of people, especially those who have faced adversity and loss. In 2003, more than $18,000 was donated to University High School, Brooke's Place, and IPS School #54.

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