December 26, 2013

An Omaha, Neb., couple with local ties this week received Carroll City Council approval for a fundraising run to support the fight against juvenile diabetes.

Vanessa Jewell, a 2000 Carroll High School alum and Creighton University professor of occupational therapy, presented plans to the city for a kids' dash/5K/10K on May 10 centered in Rolling Hills Park. All money raised will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Jewell and her husband, Mark, an Omaha businessman and president of the company Be Now, Give Back, have a daughter, Norah, 5, with juvenile diabetes.

The couple spied an opening for the run in Carroll.

"There's not a lot of events like this," Jewell said.

The 5K and 10K would begin on the Sauk Trail in Rolling Hills Park and go south until joining with Grant Road. The remainder of the route would then go north on Grant Road to Clark Street, west on Clark to Walnut Street, north on Walnut to First Street, west on First Street to Main Street, and then south back to Rolling Hills Park. The 10K race would complete this route twice.

Jewell spoke with Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler about the route. Council members approved the fundraising run as long as certain insurance requirements are met.

"The police department will work with Mrs. Jewell and her husband to help make the event as safe as possible," Cayler said.

The Jewells are expecting up to 200 people for the race, which is slated to start at 8 or 8:30 a.m.

More details will be forthcoming.

The race doesn't have a name at this point.

"We have a couple ideas going around, and we haven't named it," Jewell said.