Professor to be Remembered with Charity 5K

Late Truman professor Teri Heckert is being honored by her daughter, Diana, in the first-ever Hope Hop 5K this April.

Diana, an eighth grader at William Matthew Middle School, was tasked by RAP, the school’s gifted program, to create an independent project that aligns with the program’s goals. To honor her mother, an avid runner, she planned and organized a charity 5K and children’s fun run.

The races will take place in Thousand Hills State Park on the morning of April 25. All proceeds from the Hope Hop will go toward the research of metastatic breast cancer, also known as stage IV or advanced breast cancer, which is named by the Metastatic Breast Cancer Networks as the final and fatal stage that accounts for 40,000 deaths annually.

Teri was a professor of psychology for 20 years and chair of the Department of Psychology before she lost her battle with breast cancer in February 2014. During her tenure at Truman she was active in fundraising for the United Way, mentored student researchers and was involved in Faculty Senate, serving two terms as president. She was a member of the Guiding Coalition, which assisted the president in the creation of a vision document for the future of the University and was chair of the Northeast Missouri Regional Campaign Committee for Truman’s “Bright Minds, Bright Futures” campaign.

To register for either the 5K, the fun run or to make a donation in honor of Teri Heckert, visit

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