Faulkner County’s chapter of Circle of Friends, a group raising funds and awareness for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, will hold an inaugural benefit race while also honoring the memories of two local children.

Organizers of Freezin’ for a Reason, a 2k, 5k and 10k race event, said the idea of the benefit came from the desire to honor the memories of Charlotte Diane Mulhearn and Stella Rose Mulhearn.

The daughters of Amanda and Travis Mulhearn, of Conway, were patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Stella Rose, as she was known, died early in 2012 of brain cancer. The Mulhearns’ infant daughter, Charlotte Diane, died five years before of a rare heart infection.

Amanda Mulhearn told organizers the months she and her husband spent at the hospital were the hardest and most desperate of her life, "but being (at Children’s Hospital) made them easier."

All proceeds from the race event will go to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, a private, nonprofit healthcare facility for children.

The race, slated for Feb. 2 in Conway, begins at the Conway High School-West field house, 230 Prince St.

The 5k and 10k races begin at 9 a.m., and the family oriented 2k race begins at 10:45 a.m.

Pre- and post-race activities include a bounce house for kids and games.

On Feb. 1, from 6-8 p.m., the Circle of Friends and the youth ministries at Conway’s First United Methodist Church will host a pasta party, which will also serve as a registration event.

For more registration information, visit www.giving.archildrens.org/freezin.

According to Faulkner County Circle of Friends, 12,827 of the 323,000 child patients to visit ACH last year were from Faulkner County.

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