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Boys and ghouls run for a cause

Haunted Hustle 5k
Young and old, creatures and characters take off from the start of the Kirkwood Student Nurses Association Haunted Hustle 5k on Oct. 26, 2019. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND

The Haunted Hustle 5k, held on the main campus at Kirkwood Community College drew attendees from as far away as Colorado, Wisconsin and North Carolina. 

The event was hosted by the Kirkwood Student Nursing Association (KSNA) on Oct. 26 and also included a one-mile fun run for kids.

According to Nursing Retention Specialist and KSNA Advisor  Annie Butler, “It was a little chilly but it was a good time and everyone who helped arrange the race did an amazing job.”

The event included free pumpkin painting and other activities such as a costume contest where participants were encouraged to attend the race in costume. 

The 5k was held to raise money to send students to professional conferences as well as to help within the community. Proceeds will also go to a free medical clinic in Cedar Rapids called His Hands. According to His Hands website their mission is to “Bring glory to God by meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those without adequate resources. We strive to treat patients with the dignity and respect that they deserve as children of God.”

In addition to the Haunted Hustle KSNA hosts fundraisers throughout the year. Recently they hosted a bake sale and pop can collection to help with disaster relief efforts after the hurricane that hit the Bahamas.

Butler said, “KSNA also uses the proceeds from the regular fundraising efforts to send students to national professional conferences in Chicago and Orlando to help the students further their education and make the students more employable in the future. “

For more information about KSNA and the fundraisers they hold contact Annie Butler at

Image courtesy of Jeff Sigmund

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