Take Heart Project Reaches Local Hearts

LAKELAND-  Lake Hollingsworth was full of energy as runners and families gathered around in support of the Take Heart Project 5k on Sept. 29. The Take Heart Project created this race with the purpose of raising funds for orphans and widows in Kenya.

Runners ranged from experienced runners to first timers.

“I’ve never run in a race before,” Debbie Allen said, “and I knew I wanted to do one locally and when I read about this one, I knew it was the one for me.”

“We were amazed at the support that came from Lakeland.” Delta Ryan said

The event was filled with vendors who donated to the cause such as Chick-fil-a, GNC, and Woodman Life Insurance.

The main sponsor for the event was Leading Edge Therapy who partnered with Take Heart to cover the costs of the race.

Ryan founded the Take Heart Project in 2012 with the purpose of helping widows and aged-out orphans in Kenya. After discovering that many aged-out orphans in Kenya end up as victims of human trafficking, she decided to help spread awareness. She started selling handmade goods from around the world on Saturdays in Lakeland, but soon opened a store to generate more profits.