Tackle Trauma Run in Tempe sets record

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Tackle Trauma Run was held in Tempe on Sunday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Tackle Trauma Run was held in Tempe on Sunday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Tackle Trauma Run was held in Tempe on Sunday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Tackle Trauma Run was held in Tempe on Sunday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Tackle Trauma Run was held in Tempe on Sunday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Tackle Trauma Run was held in Tempe on Sunday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Tackle Trauma Run was held in Tempe on Sunday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Tackle Trauma Run was held in Tempe on Sunday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Hundreds of runners and walkers gathered at the Papago Park in Tempe Sunday morning for the annual Tackle Trauma Run.

The event helps raise awareness and money for trauma prevention, education and research.  

More than $78,000 were raised in the run.

Dr. Gina Shirah, a trauma surgeon, says the event this year was geared toward giving a voice to those who have been affected by a traumatic situation. 

Judy Angulo of Phoenix shared a bit of her traumatic event from May 2015.  She explained how she and husband were struck by an intoxicated driver going 90 mph on Seventh Street just within a mile from arriving at home. 

"My husband's chest was crushed," she said.

"My colon, intestines were severed. I had a broken back," she said as she crossed the finish line after walking 1.5 miles.  Angulo adds that every organ in her body was fractured or hurt except for her brain and heart. 

"I just have a lot of gratitude," Angulo said. Gratitude would be the word." 

Brooke Humphrey, another survivor at race, shared her story of pain and hurt after crashing into a truck while riding her motorized scooter in June 2016. 

"The care and attention that they (trauma personnel) put into each individual trauma is a pretty big deal," Humphrey said. "Without that people would not be here." 

Humphrey says while she was wearing a helmet, she failed to put on body gear to protect herself. She underwent seven surgeries in the past six months, the most recent one in December. 

"I had perforated my colon, popped a hole in my stomach and had a fracture in my leg," she said. 

Humphrey says she is still not able to run and can only walk. She says her doctors are amazed about the progress she has made considering how severe her initial injuries were at the time of the accident. 

The Tackle Run this year reached record number of participants - well over the 250 they had in 2016.

The money raised goes to the Arizona Trauma Association.  

Dr. Alicia Mangram, the association's founder, says she hopes the event continues to grow every year.  

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