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Walk supports Angelica Strowder Scholarship fund

5/9/2014, 12:57 p.m.

On the first anniversary of her daughter’s unexpected death, Olivia Singleton will honor Angelica Strowder with a three-mile memorial walk on May 24 at Gresham Park Recreation Center.

Singleton said Strowder was a graduate student at Georgia Southern University when she had surgery at Northside Hospital and died unexpectedly on May 27, 2013. She was 25 years old.

The 2006 graduate of Cedar Grove High School earned a B.S. degree in biology at GSU in 2010 and was pursuing a master’s in public health and veterinary medicine when she died.

Her mother said her motto was “I want to change the world and soar like an eagle.”

In her memory, the college planted a brick in front of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health where she attended classes.

Singleton said the loss of her bright, caring daughter has been tough on her family.

To ease the pain, she has thrown herself into raising funds for the Angelica Nicole Strowder Memorial Scholarship that will be awarded to a DeKalb County graduate who enrolls at GSU in Statesboro starting in 2015.

The walk, which begins at 9 a.m., takes place along the paved walking trail.

There will be health and fitness vendors; food and fun; and Georgia Southern University students and alumni, Cedar Grove High Class of 2006 and alumni, and Gresham Park family and alumni as well as a mobile vet to give shots and checkups to cats and dogs.

A $25 donation will support the scholarship fund. Donors will get a T-shirt.

Volunteers also are needed.

Singleton, who lived in Ellenwood, where Strowder grew up, said $5,000 is needed to start the scholarship fund and $20,000 to endow it.

Donations by check should be made payable to Georgia Southern University Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 8053, Statesboro, GA 30460 or online at http://georgiasouthern.edu/donate. Online donors should complete the memorial section and indicate that it is for Angelica Nicole Strowder/acct#0953.

Gresham Park Recreation Center is at 3113 Gresham Road in Atlanta. For more information,

email s_olivia@comcast.net, visit the Angelica Strowder Scholarship Facebook page, or call 678-698-3538.