Amy Thompson
AMY THOMPSON

ABOUT AMY

The first Amy Thompson Run was organized on Memorial Day 1988 in honor of a remarkable young woman whose courage and forgiveness and will to live gave hope to all.


Amy began Halloween night, 1986, similar to many other 23-year-olds. She was pretty, bright, funny with a contagious laugh, a loyal and inclusive friend, accomplished runner, tennis player and pianist. A Chi Omega, she had recently graduated from KU and was thrilled to teach her first class of third graders. The sixth child of 11 in a large and very close family, Amy offered so much potential and desire to improve the world. By 10 p.m. that Halloween night, nearly everything had changed. In the company of three friends, Amy was shot twice in the head in an attempted robbery as she left a neighborhood party.

Against tremendous odds, she survived major surgeries and a six-week coma. For more than three years, Amy fought the battle of living life after a brain injury. She approached each day with perseverance and faith, and her spirit gave hope and inspiration to all. Despite her injuries, Amy did use her short life to complete her mission and improve the world. In the worst of circumstances, she was an example of courage and forgiveness.

Amy died unexpectedly on Christmas night, 1989, at the age of 26. On Memorial Day 1988, Amy's friends, led by Molly Scanlon, organized the first run. Since then, the Run in Amy's memory has raised more than $1.5 million to help all people with brain injuries.

Reaching Out

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ABOUT BIAKS

A Nonprofit 

Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City (BIAKS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by brain injury.

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AMY THOMPSON

ABOUT AMY

The first Amy Thompson Run was organized on Memorial Day 1988 in honor of a remarkable young woman whose courage and forgiveness and will to live gave hope to all.

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2017 HONOREE

Zeke Crozier

Hard working, ambitious, young and full of promise. These are all words that could be used to describe Zeke Crozier, a Crew Chief in the U.S. Army at the time of his traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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OUR SPONSORS

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Are you interested in being a sponsor and participating in this great event? Please contact Bev Jacobson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 913-754-8883, ext. 2 for details.

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