5K race set to raise money for Chris Goodwin

By AMY JONES / Associate Editor

COLUMBIANA — Although Jane McDaniel graduated from Shelby County High School in 2009, her fond memories of the school and the band program remain strong.

“We’re just a band family, and even if you’ve graduated, you’re still family,” she said.

Chris Goodwin

When a fellow band family member got hurt, McDaniel knew she had to help.

She raised money for Chris Goodwin, who lost a leg during a car accident in February of this year, while Goodwin was in the hospital.

“I originally set out jars, donation jars, while he was still in the hospital and raised about $1,000,” McDaniel said. “The jars were out for about a month and a half while he was still in the hospital.”

Goodwin graduated in May and plans to enroll at the University of Alabama in January. However, he and his family still have medical bills to pay.

“They have insurance and it covers some, but it’s still a lot,” McDaniel said.

She’s again raising money by putting together a 5K race, the Never Ever Give Up Race. All the proceeds from the race, to be held Nov. 3 at 8 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Columbiana, will benefit Goodwin and his family.

McDaniel said she is hoping to have 50-75 people participate in the race, which costs $35 to do the 5K and $20 to participate in a one mile fun run. The fun run starts at 9 a.m.

The race will follow a path through the city of Columbiana, she said.

“The city of Columbiana is helping out in a major way,” McDaniel said, noting that the police department, fire department and Mayor Allan Lowe have stepped up to help. “They have been an amazing help.”

To sign up for the race, visit Negurace.com.