TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) -

Five years ago, Jesse Parker of Tomah tragically passed away at the age of 17 – but today, he is still making his mark in our community.

The Remembering Jesse Parker Run/Walk kicked off this weekend to help raise money for several local and international charities. A 5-K run or wallk, a 5-mile run, the Senior Stroll, the Special Needs Stampede and various children's races were available for sign up. People could also make food and clothing donations. Organizers say it's the type of race that means a lot more than just coming in first.

"What this race has done for me is it's given me the opportunity to help people in my community, and help people abroad that I will never see and never know,” said organizer Scott Nicol. “They always say, ‘You feel better if you give than if you receive."

Portions of the funds will be used for local scholarship programs as well as for building wells in Uganda. It's how Jesse Parker left his mark.

"The people are accomplishing what Jesse thought he was going to do, and what they're doing is saying we'll pick it up for you, we'll pick it up."