Sprint for the Prints 5k and walk benefits Precious Prints Project

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee's College of Nursing will hold their fifth annual Sprint for the Prints 5k run and walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Circle Park.

The race benefits the college Student Nurses Association's Precious Prints Project, which was developed to comfort grieving families who have lost a child by giving them a sterling silver pendant that bears the fingerprint of that child. Through fundraising, the pendant is free of charge to families and hospitals.

More than 500 families have received pendants since January 2012.

"This program provides students with the opportunity to learn leadership, participate in service-learning and provide engagement in their professional organization," said Lynne Miller, nursing instructor and director of the Precious Prints Project. "Last year, over 350 registered runners raised over $9,000. In the future, we hope to meet the needs of grieving families in additional regions."

Those running the race can register here. Registration is $30 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. Participants can register on race day with cash or check payments. If you would like to donate directly to the cause, click here.

Free food, prizes and music will be provided at the event, and strollers and dogs are welcome.

Precious Prints Project partners include Blount Memorial Hospital, East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Parkwest Medical Center, Tennova Health Care and UT Medical Center.