Inaugural race in Sacramento raises money for families of fallen first responders

A crowd of more than 200 people raised over $20,000 during the inaugural Tunnel to Towers Foundation race in Sacramento — all to pay off the homes belonging to young families of first responders killed in the line of duty.”The support from the community has been overwhelming. Everyone had passion, everyone had a story, and they really came for the connection,” said Mary Parra, the volunteer race director.The race helps raise money for the foundation, which spends 93 cents of every dollar raised on paying off the mortgages of families of first responders and service members who were killed in the line of duty.”There are not enough words to say how thankful we are. I am able to spend more time at home with Sophie as we try to figure out life again. The biggest thing I’m able to do is raise Sophie in the dream home that Adam and I built together,” said Rachel Gibson in a speech to the crowd of runners.Rachel is the wife to the late Adam Gibson, a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty in early 2021. The Gibson family home is now paid off by the Tunnel To Towers Foundation.The foundation, created originally to support and honor the hundreds of responders who died on Sept. 11, now supports families across the nation who experience similar losses.Family and friends of fallen first responders, including Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Ishmael and Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn, also ran in the race.Those families are also supported by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. “Jimmy was like a dad to me. He was positive, he was always smiling, he was always cheering people on, and I had to come out here and run for him, and today was for him,” said Dane Hib, a current Stockton police officer.He said Inn brought him into the fold, and that he lives every day supporting Inn’s memory.Race officials told KCRA 3 though this is the inaugural Sacramento Tunnel to Towers race, they plan to schedule one annually from this point forward.Tunnel to Towers Sacramento’s goal is to raise $25,000. On race day, they made it to the $20,000 mark.Those interested in more information or donations can find further information here.

A crowd of more than 200 people raised over $20,000 during the inaugural Tunnel to Towers Foundation race in Sacramento — all to pay off the homes belonging to young families of first responders killed in the line of duty.

“The support from the community has been overwhelming. Everyone had passion, everyone had a story, and they really came for the connection,” said Mary Parra, the volunteer race director.

The race helps raise money for the foundation, which spends 93 cents of every dollar raised on paying off the mortgages of families of first responders and service members who were killed in the line of duty.

“There are not enough words to say how thankful we are. I am able to spend more time at home with Sophie as we try to figure out life again. The biggest thing I’m able to do is raise Sophie in the dream home that Adam and I built together,” said Rachel Gibson in a speech to the crowd of runners.

Rachel is the wife to the late Adam Gibson, a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty in early 2021. The Gibson family home is now paid off by the Tunnel To Towers Foundation.

The foundation, created originally to support and honor the hundreds of responders who died on Sept. 11, now supports families across the nation who experience similar losses.

Family and friends of fallen first responders, including Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Ishmael and Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn, also ran in the race.

Those families are also supported by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

“Jimmy was like a dad to me. He was positive, he was always smiling, he was always cheering people on, and I had to come out here and run for him, and today was for him,” said Dane Hib, a current Stockton police officer.

He said Inn brought him into the fold, and that he lives every day supporting Inn’s memory.

Race officials told KCRA 3 though this is the inaugural Sacramento Tunnel to Towers race, they plan to schedule one annually from this point forward.

Tunnel to Towers Sacramento’s goal is to raise $25,000. On race day, they made it to the $20,000 mark.

Those interested in more information or donations can find further information here.

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