"And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks," Heb. 11:4.
A Run4Perry is slated for Nov. 16 at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, 4687 Wyoga Lake Road, Cuyahoga Falls, at 9 a.m. The race is organized by family and friends of former Hudson resident Perry Carroscia who died suddenly at the age of 50 in 2012. The race will benefit Mr. Carroscia's children's education fund and also provide a Perry Carroscia Memorial Scholarship for Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Scott Jackson, friend of Mr. Carroscia, and Jeanette Ladner are chairing the event.
"We're doing this out of our love for Perry and his family," Jackson said. "He really hit our hearts."
He said Mr. Carroscia's philosophy was "Live what you say you believe."
"He brought so many to Christ," Jackson said. "We miss him so much."
Close family friend Carla Gasser said the late Mr. Carroscia was very active in sports programs at CVCA and also at his church, Christ Community Chapel.
"He was always helping and encouraging. He was a strong man of faith," Gasser said. "He was a man of integrity and well respected."
Mr. Carroscia's widow, Stacey, said she met him when she was 15. They married in 1988 and have three children: Evan, 18; Lydia, 14; and Brett, 12.
"The odd thing, I never met anyone who didn't like him," Stacey said. "He had such a love of the Lord and he lived what he believed."
She said she realized at his calling hours at the church what an impact he had on others.
"It was amazing," she said.
When he died, it was a shock to everyone.
"He was so physically fit. He had no symptoms, nothing. He took such good care of his body," she recalled.
One day when she returned from shopping, she found him suffering greatly with a headache. She ended up taking him to an emergency room. In a few days he passed away. He had an undetected brain tumor.
She said his death tested her own faith but made it stronger.
"I know where Perry is and I will see him again," she said.
Her husband was captain of a men's group at the church, part of the national Christian Leadership Concepts. That group, and the congregation at Christ Community Chapel of Hudson, have been incredibly kind, according to Mrs. Carroscia.
"They're the body of Christ working at optimum," she said. "How pleased the Lord must be seeing the body of Christ in action."
The Race4Perry and the memorial scholarship are just the latest of acts of kindness shown to the Carroscia family.
"They've brought us meals, they've done yard work. The men even took my son out for his birthday. Everyone's concern for my children really touches my heart," Carroscia said.
The Run4Perry event will feature a timed 5K race, a 5K race for students and a family fun walk/run. Registration begins at 8:30 and the races begin at 9:30 a.m.
There will be T-shirts for all the runners, food, prizes, music and prizes for the top runners. Register online at www.run4perry.com or register the day of the race for an additional fee. CVCA is located at 4687 Wyoga Lake Road in Cuyahoga Falls.
Telephone: 330 541-9436