Walking and Running to honor the lives of two American Heroes; Miranda Houston who lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer at the age of 26 and her brother, Kevin Houston, who was killed in action while serving his 4th Tour of Duty in Afganistan as a member of the Elite Navy SEAL Team Six.
To meet Kevin and Miranda Houston, was to love them.
It is with fond respect and sympathy for the Houston Family that former classmates of Kevin and Miranda organized the Second Annual Houston Memorial 5K. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Barnstable Silver Bullets Football and Cheerleading, an organization that Kevin and Miranda were both active members of while growing up in Hyannis.
In her early years Miranda was a spunky young girl. She was a cheerleader and a basket ball player. She went on to become a Certified Nursing Assistant at White Hall Nursing Home in Hyannis, Massachusetts. She later resided in Boston with the love of her life, Sean Washington. She loved barbeques and hanging out with her friends. Quipped a "spartan warrior" by her older brother, she was a strong, gregarious young woman that never let cancer define her. She was a devoted sister to Kevin and her younger brother, Craig. Miranda was taken from this world far too soon, but one can only imagine the great impact she would have made with her kind heart and ability to help others in need.
Chief Petty Officer Kevin Arthur Houston was a true American Hero. Growing up, he was someone who stood out from the crowd in every aspect of his life, whether on the football field, the basketball court, or simply walking down the hall at Barnstable High School his talent and charm was unmistakable. He had a way of capturing everyone’s attention as he told a story and always knew how to get a laugh. He cared passionately for his family and friends. He fought with everything he had in him for the country that he loved so much. He was a member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6. He had completed 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan, received a Purple Heart medal, two Bronze Stars, and more than half a dozen other decorations during his 16 years in the Navy. Kevin was a truly remarkable person who impacted his home town, this country, and this world in extraordinary ways. When his CH-47 Chinook was shot down in Wardak province in eastern Afghanistan, during his 4th tour of duty, the loss was felt in the hearts and souls of people all around the world. As significant as the loss of Kevin has been on the world, it would be impossible to measure the depth of the impact it will continue having on his family for the rest of their lives – especially his wife Meiling, children Michael, Jaina and Ethan, and his mother Jan.
We hope you can join us for this great event to honor two true American Heroes!
Registration and Bib Pick Up begins at 7:30
Kids Races kick off at 8:45 at the track
5K Begins at 9:00 in the Rear Parking Lot