Sue's run4kids honors the life and legacy of Sue Lipman

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Some people find it difficult to balance work and exercise, but Sue Lipman wasn’t one of those people.

Lipman was a dedicated athlete and social worker for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. After losing her battle with cancer in 2010, Lipman’s family founded sue’s run4kids as a way to honor Lipman’s memory and her work.

“My mom had a way of making everyone feel welcome and included,” Sue’s daughter and race director Jill Lipman Beck said in a press release. “She believed in having fun while doing good. We’ve taken these values and turned them into a fun, vibrant event.”

On Oct. 9 at 8:30 a.m., sue’s run4kids will be taking place in Schenley Park. The event includes a 4-mile race, a 1-mile race for kids, and 2-mile and 1-mile fun runs. There will be a pre-race and post-race party at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion that will have free food and drinks from Bruegger’s Bagels, Eat ‘n Park, and Smallman Street Deli. All money raised from the run will go to the KidsVoice’s Lipman Youth Fund, which works with programs that aid teens in foster care.

“The Lipman Youth Fund enables KidsVoice to provide special projects and programs designed to help teenagers in the foster care system access assistance and resources to enable them to successfully transition to independence and adulthood outside of the child welfare system,” Beck said. “This is an extremely vulnerable, but often overlooked population. Sue’s run is the only fundraiser for the Lipman Youth Fund, so we want to grow the event so that we can grow the fund and help more kids achieve success and independence.”

KidsVoice, the larger organization that the Lipman Youth fund donates to, is extremely involved in Allegheny County. According to their website, KidsVoice helps almost 3,000 children in the child-welfare system of the County’s Juvenile Court system.

This organization’s staff is unique in that their goal, according to their website, is to focus on “the kids’ educational, medical, mental health and social security matters as well as providing representation for minor criminal citations and for expungement of delinquency records.” They also help older clients with applying to college and jobs as the prepare to live on their own.

Since December 2008, the Lipman Youth Fund at KidsVoice has helped the organization update its website to include more information about the important work KidsVoice is a part of. Additionally, the fund has helped establish the Clean Slate program. This makes sure that children facing minor legal charges are supported by a reliable adult when they are dealing with an officer or judge and their parents cannot satisfy that adult role. Also, this fund is helping the Independent Living Resources Fairs, whose goal is to help teenagers in foster care with finding programs that will help them to eventually live independently. The organization truly coincides with how Lipman wanted to impact the community.

“Sue was an incredible person,” Sue’s husband Rod Lipman said in a press release. “Although she spent her career helping young children, she also mentored a number of teens and young adults, helping them to find a path to success. The goal is for the Lipman Youth Fund to do that for kids who are aging out of the foster care system - put them on their own paths to success.”

If college students are interested in helping out with the event, there are many possible ways that they can get involved.

“They can register to run or walk in one of the events (,” Beck said. “They can volunteer to help pack our awesome race bags, which we do the weekend before the race. They can even hold a fundraiser and raise money for sue’s run and the Lipman Youth Fund.”