Several hundred people, including two groups of recent police recruits, are walking and running this morning to help a stricken fellow officer.
The John Pou Race/Walk and Fun Run started under sunny skies and muggy conditions at 8 a.m. today at the Somerset community clubhouse, off Tom Short Road near Marvin in southwestern Union County.
The event was a fund raiser for Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer John Pou and his family.
Pou, an officer in the Providence Division, suffered a serious spinal cord injury while swimming in the ocean last summer on a family vacation at Topsail Island. the injury left Pou a Paraplegic. To make matters worse, his wife lost her job because she needed to take time to care for her husband.
Friends and fellow police officers organized this morning’s 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race/walk to help pay the Pou family’s bills — and also to help build a fund for an operation that could change the stricken officer’s life.
The family wants to raise $100,000 so Pou can undergo a new type of surgery which could restore some movement in the officer’s limbs. The surgery is performed by Dr. Carlos Lima in Lisbon, Portugal, and it has shown promising results. Pou’s insurance will not pay for the surgery.
As part of this morning’s event, members of the two most recent CMPD recruiting classes joined in the race and raised money.
For information about the fund, check www.poufamilyfund.com.
Donations may be mailed to: Pou Family Fund, P.O. Box 220216, Charlotte, NC 28222. Checks should be made payable to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, FBO Pou Family Fund.