September 24, 2018
to show their support for the Chicko family. A weather forecast that called for rain turned out to be a picture perfect day for the 2018 Color Blaze 5k. All proceeds went to benefit the family of Dustin Chicko, who is currently undergoing cancer treatments. The event brightened up the town, along with the smell of Lawrence County’s very own Hillbilly Hibachi.
It is the second year race organizer Mitch Castle has helped with this event. When asked how he thought the community’s response to the event was, here’s what he had to say:
“…I’ll be honest, nothing we ever do is a surprise to me anymore. We come up with some crazy ideas-Night To Shine, Polar Plunge, Color Run’s and this community continually responds and helps those who need help.
“…Louisa is the best kept secret in the entire world and I am so proud to live here. I just want to say thank you to everyone who made this possible. The volunteers, the participants, those who helped organize things, especially Stephanie West. She took the reigns and ran with them. This event couldn’t have been possible without her! And lastly to the Chickos. We continue to pray for them and pray that the color Run was a blessing to them and will continue to be in the months ahead. No one fights alone in this town, we’ll always make sure of that!…”
During the event a speech was given by Mayor Harold Slone, in which he declared September 22, 2018 as “Dustin Chicko Day” in Louisa, KY. Mayor Slone had this to say about the event upon arriving at the park: “Wow”… ” This is who we are.. We support those in need… We care about each other.. We are Louisa… the best city in the world…”
Mayor Slone’s Proclamation declaring September 22, 2018 as “DUSTIN CHICKO DAY”
The Chicko family was tremendously thankful for the outpouring of support they received from the Louisa community. Mrs.Amie Chicko (Dustin’s wife) shared this information with The Lazer:
“…Thank you to every one of our friends, family, and community including our employers (Lawrence County Schools and the Bureau of Prisons) who have supported us from day one and continue to do so every day. What an amazing event…an amazing community… an amazing God we serve!!!There are no words to describe how humbled and grateful we are for this evening. Thanks to EVERYONE who made this possible (Mitch Castle Lawrence Vinson) and the many many others that have helped plan and prepare to make this unforgettable evening happen. Thanks to mayor Harold Slone for making September 22nd annual Dustin Chicko day!!!How cool is that??!!! Thanks for the awesome shirts (Angel Pack Derifield) and also the great food made by Hillbilly Hibachi. Also thank you to EVERYONE who came out to support our family. We will never forget it! #teamchicko #noonefightsalone…”
If you did not get a chance to participate in the Color Run and would like to make a donation to the family, you still can.
Mitch Castle or Lawrence Vinson, checks can be written to Louisa United Methodist with color run in the memo.