The Run for Cash 5K and family race, a memorial race in honor of Army Capt. Christopher Scott Cash, will begin at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Old Orchard Beach High School, 40 Emerson Cummings Blvd, in Old Orchard; rain or shin.

This year, the annual scholarship fund will benefit Veterans Count Maine to support Maine military families, according to a news release from Easterseals Maine.

Runners and families can register for a 5K race, three-mile walk, or a free child’s fun run online at runforcash.org. Awards will be given for the winners of each category. Volunteers also are needed to help support the race.

Cash was a New England native who discovered a love for running growing up in Old Orchard Beach. A 1985 graduate of Old Orchard Beach High School, Cash excelled in track and cross country, qualifying for the national Junior Olympics and attending Dirigo State in his junior year. After graduating, Cash joined the Army and after basic training requested admission to jump school at Fort Benning and was accepted. After graduating from jump school and receiving his “wings” he requested admission to U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and was once again accepted. Upon completion of Ranger training and receiving his “Ranger Tab,” he was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division, initially as a machine gunner, but over time assumed more responsibilities as he moved up through the ranks as a non-commissioned officer. After earning a bachelor’s degree in North Carolina, Cash married and had two sons before he was deployed to Iraq.

At the time of his deployment to Iraq, Cash was the commanding officer of Company A, 1 st/120th Inf. Reg./ 30th Heavy Separate Brigade/30th Brigade Combat Team. Cash was killed along with Sp-4 Daniel A. Dessins Jr. on June 24, 2004, in Baqubah, Iraq, in a fierce gun battle against approximately 150-160 insurgents. Shortly after Cash’s death, in August 2004, Cash’s mother and stepfather planned the first Run for Cash event.

For more information about Veterans Count Maine, visit vetscount.org/maine. For more information about Easterseals Maine, visit eastersealsme.org.

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