Parents of soldier killed in action hope to raise money for veterans

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OLATHE, Kan. —  The community is invited to honor a 21-year-old soldier from Olathe killed in Afghanistan almost two years ago by joining a 5K Run in his memory.

Army Specialist Spencer C. Duncan was one of 30 American servicemen killed Aug. 6, 2011 when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

“He wasn’t the kid who sought out the limelight. He was the guy you called when you got in trouble,” his father, Dale Duncan said.

Duncan’s parents announced the 2nd annual Spencer Duncan 5K run on Wednesday, and explained that the money raised will go to the Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count Project, a foundation that provides assistance to U.S. veterans.

The phrase “make it count” was something that Dale Duncan routinely said to his three sons, and among the last words he said to Spencer. Spencer was the oldest of the brothers.

“I don’t know how to describe the worst possible thing that can happen to a parent, but that is what we are living through and continue to live through,” said Megan Duncan, Spencer’s mother.

“It’s not something that happened and we moved on. We’ve been forever changed by that. What we’ve decided to do is to try to do this on our terms as much as possible so what we have done and will continue to do is try to make a difference in the lives of our veterans,” she said.

The Spencer Duncan 5K is scheduled for August 3 at New Center Air Center. It begins at 7:30 a.m.

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