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Run in Memory of Fallen Soldier Returns to Duquesne Campus on March 24

The Duquesne University community will once again gather to join in celebrating the life and service of Marine Sgt. Ryan Lane by dedicating a campus 5K run/walk in his honor on Saturday, March 24.

Lane, of Castle Shannon, was killed in action in Afghanistan in July 2009 on his second tour of duty. His family has dedicated years of service to the University; aunt Renee Kochanski works in housekeeping. Lane's mother Kathy Haney worked at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park from 1989 to 2004.

The run, sponsored by the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement, is a collaborative effort organized by ROTC students at Duquesne, with the proceeds contributing to a scholarship endowment in Lane's name that will help a veteran student, spouse or dependent defray their education expenses at Duquesne. To date, $12,500 has been raised toward the $25,000 goal.

The entry fee for the 5K is $20, and participants will have the chance to win prizes and get T-shirts (while they last). Registrations will be accepted the day of the event starting at 9 a.m. on Brottier Commons on Duquesne's campus. Donations also will be accepted.

Those paying by check can make them payable to Duquesne University. Information and registration forms are on Facebook.

Questions may be directed to Don Accamando, military program director, at 412.396.5366.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.