Thompson family honors late son with 5K, scholarship

After her son's death last April, Pat Thompson wanted something good to come out of a tragedy.

"As awful as the situation was, I wanted to honor Adam," Thompson said.

Adam Thompson, 19, was killed April 12, when he lost control of his car driving north on Route 1 (Conowingo Road) and hit a utility pole.

A little more than a year later, Mr. Thompson's memory will be honored at the first Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk 8 a.m. April 22 at Harford Community College, organized by his parents, Pat and Roy Thompson.

Thompson is a nursing instructor at Harford Community College, and her husband established a nursing scholarship in their son's name shortly after his death.

"He can't realize his dream, so [we are] helping others realize theirs," the Street resident said. "It helps me and I'm sure it helps my husband to know we're honoring him, it's in his memory."

At the time of his death, Mr. Thompson was taking business and general studies classes at the college.

The first $1,000 scholarship was given out for the 2011-2012 school year to one lucky HCC student, and the family hopes to give out more in years to come.

To fund the memorial scholarship, the Thompsons got a little creative.

"We wanted to find a way to keep it going so we could do more," the mother said.

Inspiration came after Thompson attended the third annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Walk/Run at the college in November. The parents in a grieving family established that race to raise money for book scholarships after their daughter passed away.

Running with the idea, Thompson spoke with Upper Chesapeake Health, where she has also worked for 27 years, as well as HCC, to organize the event and get people interested.

At the moment, around 100 people have signed up to participate and approximately $6,500 has been donated to the cause.

By race day, Thompson expects to have another 100 racers and hopes to raise $10,000.

"I think Adam would be shocked at the number of people that cared about him and that I'm doing this," Thompson said. She believes her son would be surprised that his mother would take on such a huge project and get all of his family and friends involved.

"In fall 2012, Upper Chesapeake will award the Adam Thompson Memorial Education Scholarship at Upper Chesapeake Health to a team member who wants to pursue additional nursing education at Harford Community College," according to a news release on the event.

This will be in addition to the scholarship offered through the Harford Community College Foundation and the amount will depend on the funds raised from the event.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. on race day at Edgewood Hall on HCC's campus. Participants can also pick up registration packets in advance from 4 to 7 p.m. April 20 at Harford Memorial Hospital, 501 S. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace, or noon to 4 p.m. April 21 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, 500 Upper Chesapeake Drive in Bel Air. Registration costs $20 in advance and $25 on race day.

All proceeds from the race will go toward the nursing scholarships. For more information, visit or call 443-412-2428.

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