Family hosting 5K in honor of teen who lost his life trying to save a stranger

Aden Perry Good Samaritan and Scholarship Fund (Sarah Perry)

DAVIE, Fla. – The family of 17-year-old Aden Perry is hosting a 5K in his honor at Vista View Park in Davie on Sunday morning.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. at 4001 SW 142 Avenue.

According to a press release, the Holiday Season of Giving 5K will help support the Aden Perry Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund, and “all proceeds will be used to keep Aden’s legacy alive by providing educational tools to South Florida students, and to reward students for their out-of-the-ordinary acts of kindness and service.”

An 18-year-old was driving home and had lost his way. He then crashed his car into a lake in Sunrise.

Perry, who was 17 at the time, was in the area when the crash happened and tried to help.

Both would lose their lives after the tragedy back on April 19.

In honor Perry’s braveness, selflessness and kind heart, friends, family and South Florida firefighters are now coming together for the 5k run.

The 5K consists of a run/walk on a flat and fast course within Vista View Park.

At the end of the run, awards will be provided for the top three overall and age groups.

“All participants will receive a personalized race bib with RFID timing chip, a long-sleeve event shirt and a beautiful custom finisher medal,” according to the press release.

According to event organizers, “school supplies will also be accepted at the event, which will be shared with South Florida students, and can be donated at pre-race packet pickup or on Dec. 4, before the start of the 5K.”

Event activities and goodies include:

  • Fire Trucks from Sunrise Fire Rescue Department & Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
  • Miami Dolphins autographed & signed memorabilia
  • Video game truck
  • Raffle prizes
  • DJ, music & dancing
  • Yoga warm-up
  • Long-sleeve Shirt
  • Custom finisher medal
  • Coffee & hot chocolate
  • Beer (must be 21 and over)

If you are interested in this event, please confirm attendance by email along with the names of crew members who will be attending the Holiday Season of Giving 5K Honoring Aden Perry to

Perry’s family has also set up a GoFundMe page that will provide scholarships to students interested in medicine or science.

For more information, please contact Sarah Perry, Aden’s mother, at 954-348-2064.

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Ryan Mackey is our newest digital journalist at WPLG. He is New York born and South Florida raised.