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ACU professor to benefit from annual Kirk Goodwin Run


Dr. Cindy Roper

Dr. Cindy Roper, professor of communication at Abilene Christian University, will be the beneficiary of this year’s Kirk Goodwin Run, a nonprofit event sponsored by ACU’s Galaxy fraternity. The run, which annually raises funds to assist people facing ongoing medical expenses, will take place May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Hunter Welcome Center.

In March 2023, Roper suffered a spinal stroke that left her paralyzed from the waist down and facing significant medical costs. After 30 years of teaching at ACU, Roper is set to retire this year. During her tenure, she has been involved in many campus initiatives, including Study Abroad, the Honors College and Cornerstone. She is an active member of Highland Church of Christ and the Abilene Classical Chorus.

Supporters can participate by purchasing a t-shirt, making a donation or joining the run. All proceeds from this year’s race will directly assist Roper in covering her medical expenses.

“It’s truly an honor to be able to give back to Dr. Roper after she has given so much to this community. We want to be a blessing to her as she transitions into a well-deserved retirement,” said Caleb Bichard, junior biology major from Lubbock and director of the Galaxy Charitable Foundation.

The Kirk Goodwin Run began in 1984 in honor of ACU student and Galaxy member Kirk Goodwin who passed away as a result of a car accident. Learn more or donate at

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