From tragedy comes generosity. The heartbreaking story of the disappearance and murder of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has led others to help continue what Mollie believed in. Mollie was studying to become a child psychologist before her murder in 2018, and a group of dedicated runners just raised over $18,000 set to help raise mental health awareness - a huge issue in children and teenagers.

Five runners ran a 100K to raise the funds

A group of five very dedicated runners ran from Iowa City all the way to Davenport according to a story from KWWL to raise the money. All the money raised, $18,108.50 in total, will go to the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. A giant check was gifted yesterday, Wednesday, in front of Kinnick Stadium. The funds will help create more outreach in the community and aid those dealing with the struggles of mental health.

The runners made the trek back in late May, and say they plan to do it again in 2022. The run went from Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City to Public House Davenport. The runners were Austin Chesney, Curt Johnson, John O'Brien, Chris Brooks, and Rich Russell according to the KWWL story. Bahena Rivera was found guilty of First Degree Murder by a jury for Mollie Tibbetts' murder in May. As a result, he will spend the remainder of his life behind bars. Rivera will be sentenced on July 15 in Montezuma.

More information on the Mollie Tibbets Memorial Fund for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry can be found here.

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