TISHOMINGO, OK--Dozens of runners gathered in Tishomingo to participate in a 10K, 5 k, and one mile fun run to keep a Texoma teen's memory alive.
"Inspired our whole community" said Katy Peercy.
16-year-old Stevy Cellum attended a benefit run in her name last year. The teen was battling bone cancer and leukemia.
"She was actually here last year she was here and talked to the runners about how she had been given grim news but she not defeated and she knew that untimely she was a winner" said Peercy.
Stevy died in October. Her best friend Mariah Gunter says although Stevy may be gone she will never be forgotten. So to keep her memory living on dozens of supporters gathered at the First United Methodist Church in Tishomingo Saturday morning to go the extra mile for her like she did for them.
"She brought our community together and her positive attitude about her struggles just inspired people and everybody wanted to help so everybody is just out here just supporting her here today" said Gunter.
Last year Stevy's run raised 30 thousand dollars and her family was able to give 4 scholarships to seniors at Tishomingo high school. This school year Stevy would have been a senior and her family said they plan on using the funds raised from this year's race to give more scholarships and to donate to charities that Stevy picked herself.
"The main thing she wanted her race and the proceeds to go to was the charities for awareness for cancer and for kids just like her" said Gunter.
"The hope for the run in the future is that it will continue to grow and that will establish a Stevy Cellum foundation, a foundation to help other kids in our community who have illnesses of any sort" said Peercy.
Gunter said her memory will continue to live on as she helps others.
" I just want her to know by the looks of this race and how many people are here she should be able to tell that she will never be forgotten" said Gunter.
Organizers said next year's race will take place the Saturday after the fourth of July.