Written by on June 2, 2022

Mark Buttell, the creator of Ring & Run, Inc., was born with congenital Heart Disease. This led to numerous procedures throughout his life: four open heart surgeries, two heart ablations, and three ICD’s (Internal Cardio Defibrillator). In 2007, the local community held a benefit for him and his family, to help pay for the ongoing medical expenses. Humbled and inspired by such generosity, Mark decided to find a way to give back to the community who showed him such kindness. In 2013, he came up with “Ring & Run” based on a concept done in the past. Neighbors would anonymously set baked goods on door steps on Christmas Eve for those in need, ensuring food was on the table for Christmas Day. It occurred to Mark that he could take this idea and step it up a notch. He wanted to raise money to help people in the Houston County community that might need some cheering up during the holidays due to situations such as battling a terrible disease, dealing with a tragedy, or a loss of a loved one. In the first year, Ring & Run was able to help two families. The following year the number grew to 27 families and individuals throughout Houston County, thanks to the amazing contributions given by the community! The goal to help at least one family/individual from each city in the county was achieved and then some!With your help, we hope to reach even more families this year. Check out our Facebook page to get updates on events that will be happening in the next few months and beyond. Make sure to “Like” and “Share” our page – the more people aware of us, the more people we can help!

Come join us during the Houston Hoedown weekend on raising funds for our mission. A beautiful scenic trail and then join us for a pork sandwich meal at the River Valley Convenience Store afterwards. REGISTER HERE: https://runsignup.com/Race/MN/Houston/AnnualRingRun5K

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