Reindeer Dash to raise money for student scholarships


Capt. Christopher Cash


From Contributed Reports

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The 14th annual Reindeer Dash for Cash 10 Miler & 5K run is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 2 in Greenville.

The 10-mile course runs along the Greenville greenway and through the campus of East Carolina University. A ruck division has been added to the event this year.

This patriotic, Christmas-themed run is a fundraising event to benefit the Capt. Christopher Cash Memorial Foundation of North Carolina Inc. All proceeds are awarded as college scholarships at N.C. Wesleyan College, East Carolina University, ECU Army ROTC, ECU Air Force ROTC and NCNG Association Educational Foundation.

Each year, the foundation offers deserving students the financial assistance needed to pursue a higher education and the accompanying rewards of learning and character development achieved through hard work and dedication of earning a professional degree.

Cash graduated cum laude from N.C. Wesleyan College with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1993. In October 2003, he was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Enhanced Separate Infantry Brigade.

As a company commander, he led three platoons, and his soldiers provided support and protection to Iraqi citizens. On June 24, 2004, Iraqi insurgents ambushed Cash's 3rd platoon. Focused on the safety of his men before his own, he ordered them to take cover. Cash was mortally wounded by a machine gunner on top of a nearby building. On June 24, 2004, he made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country in Iraq.

During his lifetime, Cash was committed to helping others: His family, his friends, his co-workers, his community and his country. His memory remains ever present in the hearts and minds of those he touched and inspired with his care and generosity.

For more information or to register to participate in the 2018 Reindeer Dash for Cash, visit http://www.reindeerdashforcash.org/.