When Becky Yarberry was killed in a car accident six years ago outside of Vail, her mother began to dedicate part of her own life to fulfilling Yarberry’s.
Yarberry, employed as an EMT and three weeks shy of her 28th birthday, was heading westbound on I-70 en route to a doctor’s appointment when a woman driving eastbound hit the median, flipped over it and landed her vehicle on top of Yarberry’s.
The young woman who had dedicated her life to helping others was pronounced dead on the scene. Much of that time she had spent helping others had been with CURE International – a nonprofit organization that operates hospitals and programs in 25 developing countries worldwide. As part of the program, patients receive surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity or ability to pay.
Yarberry had taken numerous trips with the organization to places such as Honduras, where poetically, money raised from her memorial went to fund a 20-bed hospital wing in San Pedro Sula, one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
Yarberry had spent a lot of time talking with her mother, Littleton resident Margie Schoedel, about CURE and Schoedel had made plans to go with her on her next trip. While the two were never able to go together, Schoedel, a teacher at Castle View High School, picked right up where her daughter left off and began taking her own trips.
“She gave me a lot of gifts and that was one of them,” said Schoedel, who last spring took five Castle View students with her to the Dominican Republic, in addition to raising $12,000 for CURE during the school’s make a difference week.
“She was a hard worker, very outgoing, and had a heart for helping others, especially those less fortunate,” Schoedel said of her daughter. “What I’m trying to do for Becky is get the word out about CURE International and raise awareness about the types of diseases these kids are facing such as cleft palate, hydrocephalus and club foot.”
One of the ways Schoedel is getting the word out is through the Sept. 7 “Run for One” 5K/2K family fun run and walk at Mountainview Community Church in Highlands Ranch. The event, which raised $2,100 for CURE last year through Becky’s Blessings Foundation – a nonprofit founded by Schoedel in 2012 – is in its second year in Highlands Ranch. Schoedel had helped organize triathlons in Avon the previous three years, but thought it would be nice to do something local and more family-focused.
“Strollers are welcome, dogs on leash are welcome and we’ll have a bouncy house for the kids, a DJ and a silent auction,” she said. “It’s really a community event. Students who are looking to pick up community service hours can also come and volunteer.”
The event is from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sept. 7 at Mountainview Community Church, 40 E. Highlands Ranch Parkway. To register, visit www.runforone2013.eventbrite.com. To learn more about the nonprofits, visit www.beckysblessings.org and www.cure.org. If you wish to donate to the silent auction, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.