'Heroes Run for Dakota' will help 8-year-old girl battling cancer


by Alice Kleinpeter


Posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 8:00 PM

PHOENIX -- The heartbreaking story of 8-year-old Dakota Clark’s battle with cancer was made worse last year when two men stole donations meant for Dakota and her family.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrested the men in connection with both thefts
, but Dakota’s family still needs help paying for medical bills.

That is where the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office stepped in once again to help Dakota and her family by hosting the “Heroes Run For Dakota.”

“We’re doing this because I know we want to get heroes involved here but Dakota’s our hero,” said Deputy Eric Berner. “She’s been battling with this cancer her whole life and this is a little part of us as the heroes giving back to her.”

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office along with Rural Metro Fire, Southwest Ambulance and Banner Ironwood Medical Center invite you to come out and show your support at the 5K “Heroes Run For Dakota.”

There will be a 5K run or walk route along with a 100 yard dash for kids 10 and under.

You can also be a “Spirit Runner” and show your support by paying the registration cost without participating in the race. “Spirit Runners” receive a t-shirt and enjoy the party at the race site.

The event is Saturday March 30 in San Tan Valley at Banner Ironwood Medical Center located at 37000 North Gantzel Road.

Register online or by mailing in a brochure that can be found at any Pinal County Substation.