Hines Rotriga has captured the hearts of the Ohio Valley, and on Sunday, hundreds of people braved the chilly morning temperatures at Heritage Port in one of the largest showings of support since Hines started fighting neuroblastoma.
Ron Green was one of the people who helped to put Sunday’s race together. He had worked with the Hope for Hines campaign early in the year, and used his experience from directing the Debbie Green Memorial 5K to do something special to help Hines.
Among the 650 runners was Melissa Karkowski and her workout group, the “Twisted Sisters.” Karkowski lost more than 140 pounds on ABC’s Extreme Weightloss, and has felt community support before. That’s why she and the sisters ran together with a rope to get fit, be healthy, and have fun while raising awareness for Hines. “It’s just awesome, it’s an awesome thing to be a part of. As you could tell, everyone was looking at us today so hopefully we get so good money in for Hines today,” she said.
Another person proud to be a part of ‘Team Hines’ was Sgt. William Clegg of the United States Army. Sgt Clegg wanted to run in the Debbie Green 5K earlier this year but was stationed in Afghanistan. “It was awesome. Being away for a year and everything and now getting to do things like this with him by my side, that’s a great feeling. A real great feeling,” Clegg said.
Unfortunately Hines couldn’t be at Heritage Port as he is currently at WVU Children’s Hospital undergoing another round of chemotherapy. You can check in on Hines’ progress on the Hope for Hines Facebook page.