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ZIP LINE TOUR: Patton Leadership Institute members took a tour of the White Lightning Zip Line during their final session in July. Applications are being accepted for the next leadership class.

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is currently taking applications for its Patton Leadership Institute.

The Patton Leadership Institute, the Chamber’s flagship professional development program, began under the Leadership Pike County name in 2003 with a goal of building a stronger community by offering leadership development skills to residents.

One year ago this month, the Chamber joined forces with Food City, Appalachian Wireless, and the University of Pikeville to announce a new vision for the program, naming it in honor of former governor Paul E. Patton, the chancellor and interim President at UPIKE.

Working with the understanding that leadership development is the top indicator of success in a community, organization and region, the Patton Leadership Institute seeks to “strengthen the future leadership in regional organizations by developing emerging talent into quality leaders,” the Chamber’s website states.

The nine-month program brings institute team members from organizations located throughout the Chamber’s eight-county service region together with regional community and business leaders.

They participate in nine leadership sessions in different locations between October and July, with each session focusing on different resources available in eastern Kentucky and the challenges facing the region.

This year, Patton Leadership Institute members enjoyed a two-day opening overnight retreat at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and toured Pikeville Medical Center, the Kellogg Company Plant in Kimper, the state capitol and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Frankfort, the Big Sandy Power Plant in Louisa, reclaimed mine sites throughout the region and several tourism sites in the region.

Leaders from these communities talked to the participants about economic development, technology, tourism and other topics important to the region.

Participants included Stephanie Abshire and Paula Thompson of Big Sandy Community and Technical College; Justin Allen and Raina Helton of Appalachian Wireless; Josh Blevins and Tracy Smiley of Food City; Joani Cleary of the East Kentucky Exposition Center; Sam Cochran of Techpoint, LLC; Sean Cochran of the city of Pikeville; Casey Lequire of Peoples Insurance Agency;  Jacqueline Matheny of US Bank; Terri Mullins of BT Media; Bambi Phillips of East Kentucky Broadcasting; Lawren McCoy and Danny Patierno of Community Trust Bank; Grace Nelson of the chamber; Jimmie Slone of the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps center; Denise Thomas of Big Sandy Area Development District and Jordan Gibson, Larry Epling, Stephanie Stiltner, Zach Thacker and Eric Vanhoose of the University of Pikeville.

For details about joining the Patton Leadership Institute on its next session, call 606-432-5504 or visit the Patton Leadership Institute on the Chamber’s website

Most of us have heard the expression “there is no “I” in team.”

The purpose being we should never forget that as a team we are never an individual. The beauty of working together on a team is knowing we aren’t alone. We have more hands and feet, experiences and perspectives.

The team is comprised of  individuals educated in particular aspects of care (Dr.’s, Nurse’s, Social Workers, Radiology, various techs, Administrators, Housekeepers, Dietary, Chaplains, and many more…), but with the same goal in mind.

Because we choose to work as a team, we bring others so much more than any of us could ever bring to bear alone. We do have an “eye” in team; in fact, we have many eyes and hearts — all to benefit those we serve. 

All parts of the team are necessary!

It is in working together that we do great things.  The Apostle Paul thought it was important to remind the early church, and I too need to be reminded from time to time.

Thank God you get to work with a team.

PMC Chaplain Randy Johnson may be reached at 606-218-3915 or via e-mail at

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NEW SUPERINTENDENT: Chairman of the Pike County Board of Education Justin Maynard, left, posed with new Superintendent Kenneth Reed Adkins after a special called meeting last Friday. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Adkins, who was granted a contract to begin Sept. 1, and continue until June 30, 2019.

PIKEVILLE — Life-long Pike County resident and long-time educator Reed Adkins will begin a nearly four-year contract as Superintendent of Pike County Schools on Sept. 1, following the resignation of current Superintendent David Lester.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Adkins said from his current office as personnel director for the school district following his appointment.

The Pike County Board of Education unanimously agreed to a contract for Adkins, which will run through  June 30, 2019, at a special-called meeting on Aug. 7.

“I’ve lived here my entire life and was educated here,” Adkins said.

He began his educational career as a math teacher at Johns Creek Elementary, a position he held for 10 years before serving as Johns Creek principal for seven and a half years.

From there, he moved to the Central Office as personnel director where he has worked for the past year and a half. He has also driven a school bus and coached basketball.

He graduated from Millard High School and from Morehead State University.

“My number one goal is improving student achievement always,” Adkins said. “I want the district to be in the top ten percent academically, to continue our outstanding safety record and excel in every other way.” The first thing he plans to do is bring together the district’s instructional team “to start discussing what has worked so far and go from there.”

Adkins said the district is blessed with its “outstanding student population and great staff, and by staff I mean administrators, teachers, cooks, custodians, the entire staff.”

Another great strength of the district is its state-of-the-art facilities, providing good learning environments for the students, including several new schools, and modern, cutting-edge technological resources, he noted.

He also plans an emphasis on student input.

“I really, really, really value what students have to say,” Adkins stressed. “As principal, I understood that students know what is happening in the school better than anyone.” He said he believes the District is already far ahead in the area of student leadership with the Pike County Youth Leadership Council in existence for many years and leadership groups in every school. “They not only exist but they are active and involved,” he said.

Adkins and his wife, Stormie, have two sons, Bryce, 13, and Hunter, 11, who attend Mullins School.

Madison celebrated her 13th birthday this year.

She is sure to win over your heart.

She is resilient and a true survivor.

Madison is “all girl” and likes to dress up, but she also has a sporty side and enjoys playing soccer.

Rainy days can be spent in your home playing board games with this sweet girl, she especially loves The Game of Life and excels when given positive reinforcement and encouragement.

Madison’s favorite restaurant is Cracker Barrel and she enjoys eating healthy snacks such as fruits and almonds.

She can be a little shy and reserved when you first meet her and might appear to have a tough exterior, but taking the time to get to know her is well worth the wait – she is a very sweet child who is seeking to love and be loved.

Are you willing to be patient and steadfast, allowing her time to feel safe and secure?

Madison’s path to adoption may include some twists and turns, but adopting this child will also be a rewarding path for her forever family.

She is a treasure!

Contact SNAP to learn more about foster care adoption.

For more information, visit or call 800-928-4303.


The Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP), operated through the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, recruits families to adopt and/or foster Kentucky’s waiting children.

SNAP was established in 1979 in response to the increasing number of children who were spending too long in foster care without the benefit of a permanent, adoptive home.

At that time, it was believed that older children with special needs were unadoptable.

Since its inception, SNAP has helped place more than 2,500 special needs children.

Working together with the Recruitment and Certification teams (R and C workers) in Kentucky’s nine DCBS service regions, interested families are recruited and helped to prepare to adopt and/or foster children with no permanent home.

The R and C teams in every county include a social worker who helps approve and prepare families for fostering and adopting.

R and C workers are trained to work in partnership with families and waiting children to make sure everyone involved understands their rights, obligations, responsibilities and the resources and assistance available to them.

Help and information is never more than a phone call away.

For more information, visit or call 800-928-4303.

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MSC ACTION: The University of Pikeville Bears have been picked to finish behind Georgetown in the Mid-South Conference East Division, according to league coaches. Georgetown is tabbed to the top team while Campbellsville and Reinhardt (Ga.) were tied in the West Division.

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville football team was picked to finish second in the Mid-South Conference East Division, according to a preseason poll of the league’s coaches.

It’s a new starting point for the Bears, earning their highest spot in the preseason poll in program history.

While the pick adds good vibes heading into fall camp, it’ll be the performance on the field for the opener that second-year head coach Allan Holland Jr., is looking forward to.

“It’s an honor for all the coaches in our league to pick us second, but we have to continue to work hard during camp,” said Holland Jr. “It’s just preseason, but we want to finish at the top, year in and year out our goal is to be East Division champions. We have a lot of work ahead of us and our guys are ready to go to work.”

UPIKE opens the 2015 season under the lights at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 27 against MSC-East foe Bluefield (Va.) at the Hambley Athletic Complex. The Rams were picked sixth in the preseason poll.

Leading the way in the East is Georgetown with 25 points and five first-place votes, followed by Pikeville with 18 points. Cumberlands (14 points, one first-place vote) and Kentucky Christian (14 points) are tied for third, while Union is one spot in front of Bluefield with 12 points.

Out in the West the poll was tight as Campbellsville and Reinhardt (Ga.) are tied for top honors with 21 points and two first-place votes each. Faulkner (Ala.) and Lindsey Wilson are locked in third with 17 points and a first-place votes each, while Bethel (Tenn.) and Cumberland (Tenn.) are tied for fifth with seven points each.

One change to the MSC this season is defending East Division champion Lindsey Wilson moving to the West to take the place of Belhaven (Miss.) which transitioned to NCAA Div. III.

Georgetown won the East in 2014 with a 5-1 divisional record, while UPIKE claimed second place with a 4-2 mark.

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing recently recognized its fourth class of RN-BSN graduates.

The UPIKE RN-BSN program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The program allows RNs with an associate degree to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN). The program prepares nurses for complex patient care, leadership positions and graduate study in nursing.

“Our RN to BSN Program is a hybrid program with nursing classes completed in one year. The program prepares professional nurses to have more choices in their career. Many of our graduates have moved to advanced nursing roles, including research assistant, clinical and community education and entry to graduate programs,” said Canda Byrne, DNP, RN-BSN coordinator at UPIKE.

The program is designed to accommodate working RNs to advance their nursing education on a full- or part-time basis with blended or fully online coursework.

The RN-BSN program is accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester. For more information, visit or contact the Elliott School of Nursing at (606) 218-5750 or

RN to BSN graduates include: Jordyn Belcher, RN of Frenchburg; Jordyn Bell, RN of Pikeville; Breanna Farmer, RN of Elkhorn City; Ashley Hale, RN of Garrett; Melissa Lester, RN of Pikeville; Betty Robinette, RN of Pikeville; Denise Syck, RN of Pikeville; Brittany Tackett, RN of McAndrews; and Chloe Thacker, RN of Pikeville.

Trooper Island, a free summer camp operated by the Kentucky State Police, is observing its 50th anniversary this year by doing what it does best: providing a fun, life-changing experience for underprivileged children from throughout the state.

Located on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County, the 34.5 acre island hosts around 700 campers each summer. It is estimated that more than 25,000 boys and girls between 10 and 12 years old have attended the program since 1965.

While attending the one-week sessions, the campers experience a structured environment that provides plenty of fresh air, good food, recreation and esteem-building activities designed to enhance citizenship skills and create good relationships with law enforcement officers.  Throughout their stay, the campers are guided by KSP troopers and KSP civilian employees who volunteer during their off-duty time.

“Trooper Island is a showcase venue that occupies a special place in the heart of our agency,” explains KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. “As a long-term program of service to the youth of Kentucky, it offers a place where the tensions and turmoil of everyday lives can be forgotten and, for one week, young people can experience a touch of hope and the desire for a better future. It’s a positive way to impact the lives of the generations of tomorrow.”

While it’s a model of success today, Trooper Island’s beginnings are more humble.  Its initial concept can be traced back to James E. “Ted” Bassett, III, a Lexington native who served as Director of the Kentucky State Police from 1963 to 1967. (He is best known for his 40-year career with the Keeneland Association where he served as president and general manager, chairman of the board and trustee.)

Bassett felt that KSP could have an impact on rising rates of juvenile delinquency by providing a life-changing experience where boys could bond with troopers and learn respect for the law. It was not to be a halfway house for juvenile offers. He felt that KSP did not have the training or professional credentials to attempt rehabilitation, but he was convinced that the camp could provide incentives that might help boys from getting into trouble.

“We want the youngsters to know that KSP are their friends, not their foes,” said the late KSP Lt. John Ed Tomlinson, a driving force behind the project, in a 1965 newspaper interview. “We are convinced that a little time spent with these young people on a close personal basis will have a desirable impact.”

After lengthy negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owned the property, the island was leased to KSP for a dollar per year for 99 years. Two challenges remained however, one financial and one physical.

As a public agency, KSP could not use tax dollars to operate the camp. Bassett had the island registered with the Kentucky Secretary of State as a non-profit, charitable organization on Feb. 19, 1965, which permitted appeals to the general public for support. One of the early supporters included Kentucky’s Optimist Clubs, who sold bumper stickers for five dollars each and honorary titles to one-yard plots on the island for one dollar each.  Kentucky Gov. Edward T. Breathitt bought the first bumper sticker and a Louisville physician, Dr. James W. Bryan, purchased the first honorary land title.

Other financial support came from Kiwanis Clubs, Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, the Keeneland Association and churches throughout the state.

The physical challenge posed problems as well. The island had been abandoned for 15 years and was in rough shape. In early 1966, Lt. Tomlinson and 25 KSP troopers began to clear the land with shovels, axes and machetes.

Despite their efforts, with campers scheduled to arrive in early July, the camp still lacked even the basics. At the last minute, members of the Radcliff Optimist Club secured a loan of tents, cots, chairs, tables and recreation equipment from the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, including two field kitchens and two GI cooks to operate them.

The island opened for its first camping season just after July 4, 1966 staffed by five troopers. Both campers and troopers were housed in tents. A formal schedule did not exist. Fun was the only goal.

Since that first day, Trooper Island has made great strides. It now features modern housing, dining, recreation and dock facilities. It offers a full curriculum of activities from fishing, canoeing, archery and crafts to courses in personal hygiene, drug prevention, water safety, environmental awareness, patriotism and self-esteem enhancement.

Each day begins with a routine that started during the early days of the camp: raising the U.S. flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Both uniformed and civilian personnel of the agency volunteer as counselors serving as positive role models to the campers.

“From the beginning, the success of Trooper Island has depended on support from the private sector,” notes Brewer. “In 1966, the cost of transporting, feeding and caring for a camper for one week was $10. Today, it is considerably more. We greatly appreciate all of the business, civic and church organizations that contribute time, talent and resources to this effort. We couldn’t continue without them.”

KSP’s 16 posts also conduct local fundraising events such as golf tournaments and motorcycle runs to benefit the camp.

The camp’s major fundraiser is an annual vehicle raffle that culminates on the last day of the Kentucky State Fair in August when a winner is drawn. This year the raffle features a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab SLE pickup truck. Tickets are just $10 each and are available at any KSP post or online by debit or credit card payment at Only 20,000 tickets will be sold and ticket holders do not have to be present at the drawing to win.

“It takes a lot to keep Trooper Island operating each year,” Brewer admits. “But it’s well worth the effort. It’s an investment in the future that we can’t afford to ignore.”

The passing of Anthony Keene, DO, has had a profound effect on his friends and coworkers at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Dr. Keene, who worked in PMC’s Emergency Room (ER) since 2008, died in a motorcycle crash on Route 680 in Floyd County on Aug. 2.

In addition to being a highly competent, caring and compassionate physician, he is being remembered for his friendship, his ability to mentor, his sense of humor and his adventurous spirit, among other endearing qualities. 

“Dr. Keene wasn’t just a great ER doctor, he was a great friend – a friend to everyone he worked with,” said Emergency Services Director Jenny Buck, RN. “He lived life to the fullest. I know my staff will miss him dearly. They would say, ‘We are in code purple [10 or more patients in ER waiting area] but it’s all good, Keene is here now.’ He always had a hug for you when he saw you. I pray I can comfort my staff through these hard times.”

ER Shift Supervisor Callie McCoy, RN, worked closely with Dr. Keene on the night shift.

 She said, “When I’d meet with the staff on nights he worked, I’d tell them, ‘We’re going to be fine. Dr. Keene is here.’ You could always depend on him. He was an excellent physician. He always had that infectious smile on his face. It’s going to be hard without him.”

Known as “Keene” by many of his coworkers, he helped others grow professionally and on a personal level. April Adkins, RN, shift supervisor, and Dr. Keene began working in the ER around the same time.

“Keene and I worked together for the past seven years, and me as a nurse – most of it is attributed to him,” she said. “He taught you things. He recognized that we were a team and he cared about us. He went above and beyond to take care of the patients.”

ER Shift Supervisor Coty Mullins, RN, also learned from Dr. Keene.

“Keene was more than a coworker; he was a close friend and mentor,” said Mullins. “He had my back from day one, inside and outside of work. His sympathy and love for caring for others will live through those he has left behind. He is irreplaceable and missed by us all.”

Emergency Services Clinical Manager Chris Whitt, RN, added, “Dr. Keene was not just a coworker, he was a friend.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  His absence will be felt in both the hospital and the community for many years to come.”

Dr. Keene shared his enthusiasm for the outdoors with close friend AJ Ison, RN, ER shift supervisor. They went on numerous fishing trips together and Dr. Keene introduced Ison to hunting.

“He took me deer hunting,” Ison said. “He always pushed me to start hunting because I never had. He took me and got me started on it, and I loved it.”

Ison said the ER staff is a tight-knit group.

“We’re not just coworkers,” he remarked. “We’re family…I lost a brother.”

Michelle Rainey, BSN, assistant chief nursing officer and senior assistant vice president, worked with Dr. Keene during his entire career at PMC.

“He was a great doctor, a great friend and a great asset to this community and to the hospital, said Rainey. “He will be truly missed.”

Dr. Keene had a large presence with his positive demeanor and sense of humor.

“Keene had the most infectious smile,” Adkins said. “He could make every day a happy day just with his attitude and with his sense of humor. He was a jokester. He was always pulling pranks. He was infectious. He was someone you wanted to be around. He’s left a void in the community, the hospital and most of all, the hearts of all of us who work in the Emergency Room.”

In addition to forming friendships with staff, Dr. Keene was also well liked and respected by his fellow physicians.  John Fleming, DO, assistant director of Emergency Services, will miss his colleague and friend.

“I do not have the words to describe the emotions I feel with the loss of Dr. Anthony Keene,” he said. “He has been a great friend for many years. I have worked alongside of him in the Emergency Department for seven years now.  I have heard countless stories of the lives he has saved and so many more stories of the lives he has touched while working in our ER. Pikeville Medical Center and our community have suffered a great loss with his passing. He was a very talented and intelligent man. He was a fun loving and adventurous person, living each day to the fullest. He will be missed.”

PMC Chief of Staff Aaron Crum, MD, said, “Dr. Keene was truly an excellent physician and a close friend. His compassionate care of patients in the Emergency Room and the close relationships he developed with his coworkers is well known in the community. Anthony was a close personal friend of my family and we will miss his youthful spirit and pursuit of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

Hospital employees have been wearing black ribbons over their hearts that they created to honor Dr. Keene.

“We wanted to remember him because he’s very special to all of us,” McCoy said. “He was an excellent doctor. This is our way to pay tribute to him and all he did for us and the ER.”

PMC President/CEO Walter E. May said Dr. Keene touched numerous lives and will be missed.

 “In the seven years he worked in the Emergency Department, he had a big impact on the lives of patients and his co-workers,” stated May. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues.”

Dr. Keene’s funeral services were held today in Oakwood, Va.


Dr. Anthony Paul Keene

Dr. Anthony Paul Keene, 39 years of age, of Pikeville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Born March 12, 1976 in Richlands, Va., he was the son of Veronica Jean (Vicky) Stacy Keene of Grundy, Va., and the late Joseph (Joe) Keene, who passed away Feb. 7, 2006.

Anthony was a 1994 graduate of Grundy Senior High School and a 1998 graduate of Clinch Valley College of UVa.-Wise in Wise, Va., where he received his Bachelor Degree in Science. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic from Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004, and completed his residency in Dayton, Ohio. He then moved to Pikeville, where he practiced Emergency Medicine at Pikeville Medical Center.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #17 in Grundy, a member of the Snoot Club, member of the American Osteopathic Association Board, certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Dr. Keene loved the outdoors, was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had won an award for the fourth biggest deer killed in North America in 2012. He completed the World Turkey Slam in thirty days, had completed the Tough Mudder in Spartin this past June. Most of all, he dedicated his life to helping others. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle, colleague and friend.He was of the Church of Christ faith.

Survivors in addition to his mother, Veronica Jean (Vicky) Stacy Keene, include his sister Amanda Paige Keene-Sheppard and husband Andrew of Abingdon, Va.; niece Shaynae Alexius Sheppard of Abingdon; Maternal Grandmother Nora E. Stacy of Grundy; Girlfriend Erin Caudill and her daughter Kennedi of Pikeville; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of colleagues and friends.

Funeral service for Dr. Keene will be at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel of Keen Mountain, Va., Friday, August 7, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Paul Ketron officiating. Entombment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Va.

Active pallbearers will be Mike Asher, James Slone, A.J. Ison, Billy Johnson, Chris Adkins, Dr. John Fleming, Shane Keene, Oliver Williamson, Jamie Huffman, Chris Whitt, Kendal Wright and Shannon Wright.

Honorary pallbearers will be the doctors and nursing staff of Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Brandon Matney, Chris Childress, Steven Allen, Tina Allen, Jimmy Rogers, Bill Vanhoose, Dr. Aaron Crum, Todd Mayhorn, Willard Kinzer, Cindy Adkins and her children, Dr. Jimmy Steger, Dr. Bernie Sargeant, Rusty Davis and all his hunting buddies.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital For Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, Ky., 40502 or the Driven Knights Club, 1868 Six Mile Road, Danville, W.Va., 25053.

Online condolences may be sent to

The family of Dr. Anthony Paul Keene have entrusted the care of their loved one to Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Keen Mountain.

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AQUATIC THERAPY: Pikeville Medical Center Physical Therapy Assistant Chris Abshire works with aquatic therapy patient Stanley Osborne.

PIKEVILLE — Stanley Osborne, 67, of Pike County, is pleased with the outpatient rehabilitation care he is receiving at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for his back pain.

While on vacation, Osborne could tell an improved difference in his pain when he was in the swimming pool. Upon his return home, he was made aware that PMC offers aquatic therapy and was anxious to begin.

“The first time I came in here for therapy, I was in a wheelchair,” said Osborne. “I’m far from that now.”

Prior to beginning his aquatic therapy, Osborne was able to work around his home for a few days, but would then need to rest his back one to two days in bed before being able to return to his normal activities. Osborne didn’t realize the extent of damage to his muscles prior to beginning therapy.

He said his mobility has increased significantly, to the point he can now dress himself.

“Chris [Abshire, PMC physical therapy assistant] has done a fantastic job,” Osborne praised. “He has developed several exercises for me to do in the pool along with being supportive and a good instructor on what I need to do and what I don’t need to do.”

Abshire commented on Osborne’s determination and cheerfulness.

“Stanley has been a wonderful person to work with and treat,” he said. “I enjoy the time he is in the clinic. He continues to work extremely hard and I’m happy that I have been part of him regaining his function and lifestyle. There has been a lot of hard work and prayer involved in his care and I’m very pleased he has come this far.”

Osborne’s wife, Jerri, is thrilled with the improvement her husband has made.

“Therapy has really, really made a difference and I hope it continues to,” she said.

Osborne commended PMC. He hopes to bring awareness to the aquatic therapy program.

“The facility here for the aqua therapy is fantastic and the staff is so supportive,” Osborne said. “No use in going anywhere else when you’ve got the best.”

Therapy has inspired Osborne to start a new chapter in his life.

“I love to travel and I thought my traveling days were over,” he said. “but, they’re just getting started.”

Osborne and his wife have two children, Stephanie and Josh.

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages the community to participate in the Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Aug. 22 in downtown Pikeville.  Proceeds will benefit underinsured patients of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center.

The event is in its second year. 

“The cancer center staff and Colors of Courage Committee are very excited about this year’s 5K,” said Whitney Hogg, assistant director of public relations. “There are patients in critical need of assistance and the funds from this race will allow those patients to continue treatment here at home.”

Most people have been affected by cancer in some way. To show support of those fighting cancer or to remember those lost, event participants are encouraged to dress in the color of cancer they represent. Although the color for each person may be different, the Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk will unite everyone.

To honor those who have been lost to cancer, a balloon release will be held after the run/walk.  Cancer survivors will also be recognized.

Registration for the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center Plaza on Main Street.  The run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. The top three overall male and female finishers will be awarded. The top three male and female finishers in each age division will also receive an award. In addition, awards will be given for most colorful and most creative attire. 

Entry fees are as follows:

• $20 - early registration (must be received by Thursday, Aug. 20)

• $25 - day of race

• $15 - group of eight of more

Those who register by Friday, Aug. 7 will be guaranteed a T-shirt.

Register at or complete the Colors of Courage 5K registration form (found in Medical Leader) and deliver or mail it, along with your entry fee, to:                                                  

Pikeville Medical Center - Public Relations Department, Attention: Whitney Hogg, 116 Main Street, Pikeville, KY 41501.

For more information about the Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk, call 606-218-4509.