WDAY: The News Leader

Published April 29, 2014, 09:27 PM

BIO Girls raise over $7,500 for charity

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - People run for many different reasons.

By: Drew Trafton, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - People run for many different reasons.

Some do it to stay in shape, while others do it simply because they feel better about themselves afterward.

BIO, or Beautiful Inside and Out, is a free group for 2nd to 6th grade girls in the F-M area.

It was started in 2013 by Missy Heilman, a lifelong runner and mom wanting to instill self-confidence while passing along virtues on to girls with the goal of running the 5K at the Fargo Marathon.

They did that in 2013.

But this year, it's become much more.

The 43 members of the BIO girls have measured their success in kilometers, miles and even inches this year.

Jada Will/ BIO Girls: "It makes me feel really good after I'm done."

Emma Swanson/ BIO Girls: "It's like, 'I did it. I'm done. I completed my goal."

But their gold standard is self-worth.

Missy Heilman/ BIO Girls Director and Founder: "They work every week. They talk in their small groups. They go out and they work hard with their running."

And they've been so successful Heilman added the new challenge of imparting that feeling onto others.

Heilman: "And as part of that we introduced charity running. And I let the girls choose from 3 local charities that support children and they chose Camp KACE."

The 27 year-old camp offers children and siblings of cancer survivors a summer reprieve and a chance to build the very self-confidenceā€¦

Swanson: "I just want to help all those people that have cancer so they can be able to do some pretty fun stuff that we can do."

...the BIO girls exude.

The fundraising goal was set at $1,000 or $20 each over a span of 3 weeks.

So when it was announced Tuesday that the girls raised a shade under $7,500 it left many speechless, including Eva Unger, a 3-time KACE camper who accepted the check.

Eva Unger/ 3-time KACE Camper: "Me and my sister, we made like a speech thing and right when I got up here, I walked up to the microphone and forgot all of it."

Instead, Eva spoke her message of appreciation from the heart.

Unger: "I'm really happy that more people get to experience it."

A message that will certainly provide extra fuel for the BIO Girls on race day.

The $7,540 raised by the Bio Girls will send 9 children to Camp KACE this summer.