CHAZY - Frankie Garrow, an 18-year-old who attended Chazy Central Rural School, will be remembered through a scholarship fund run/walk Saturday, May 8.
Frankie's cousin, Eric Munson, had the idea to do something for Frankie - who lost his life in an automobile accident in December - after running the Frostbite Run in Rouses Point in February.
"My idea was just trying to start a run and I was hoping to get like a hundred runners and raise a $1,000 for a scholarship," Munson explained. "And, it just took off."
With word spreading through Facebook, more than 200 people have already confirmed attending the event.
"It makes me so very proud, very honored that people loved my son so much," said Irene Garrow, Frankie's mother.
Although Munson was surprised at how many people have said they'd attend the event, Irene wasn't.
"He was so well-liked at Chazy that the school alone, I knew we'd have a big turnout," she said. "The whole senior class is going and all the younger kids are going, teachers are going. Family and friends of ours and Frankie's."
All of the proceeds from the day's event - which will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Chazy Recreation Park - will go directly to the Frankie Garrow Scholarship Fund.
As Frankie would have graduated this year, Irene is not completely sure how she wants to decide who will receive the scholarship.
"Chazy being so small, I know every one of the kids," said Irene. "We do know that they have to be going to college and it has to go to a Chazy student. Other than that, we haven't totally decided."
Irene added she may give scholarship money to more than one student, depending on how much they raise at the event.
In the future, she has considered giving it to a Chazy student who will be going into criminal justice, the degree Frankie had planned to go to Canton University for.
Pre-registration for the race is $10, or $15 the day of the event. Forms can be picked up at the Homestead Restaurant, 9481 State Route 9; Stewart's Shops, 9165 State Route 9; or CCRS, 609 Miner Farm Road.
Forms may also be found on-line at www.chazy.org, where T-shirts may also be ordered.
"I know Frankie had a big heart and he would do it for other people," said Irene.