Duncanville High School Graduate Gives Back to Community
If you want to catch up with Kasey Cheshier, you’ll have to be quick. The Duncanville High School graduate divides his days between running the iconic Ben Franklin Apothecary and Kitchens Deli in downtown Duncanville, serving with several community groups, training for marathons, and spending time with his wife and three young children. Cheshier has always been an athlete. While at Duncanville High School, he was an all-state offensive lineman and member of the 1998 State Football Championship team. When he graduated DHS in 2000, he received a scholarship to play football at Texas A&M University.
Those who knew him back then know he was a big guy. At one point, Cheshier says, he bulked up to 320 pounds by following a workout and nutrition plan created for him by his college coaches.
Several years after graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing, Cheshier took a look at his family’s health history and decided to make a change. He quit lifting heavy weights and started running. Cheshier ran his first marathon in Dallas in 2012. He didn’t enjoy it at first, but he kept at it and developed a passion for endurance running. In the years that followed, Cheshier ran a total of nine marathons and dropped more than 100 pounds.
Cheshier became determined to share his love of running with the community. Several years ago he gathered friends, family and coworkers from Ben Franklin together to create The Heart of Duncanville 5K. “One of the main reasons we started the race is because as a pharmacy, we are always trying to encourage people to be healthy,” Cheshier said.
In the past three years, nearly 1,700 people have participated in either the 5k run or the one mile walk.
While race participants focus on their fitness, they are raising money for one Cheshier’s favorite community groups, the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation. The foundation benefits students and teachers at Duncanville ISD and has awarded grants to Duncanville ISD teachers totalling $57,000 in the past three years.
“If we can enable teachers to make a difference and to help kids to contribute to our community, it helps us all,” Cheshier said.
Cheshier looks back with fondness at his time in Duncanville ISD. He remembers teachers and coaches who gave him opportunities to grow and succeed. He credits them for preparing him well for his career and his life.
“They were more than coaches and teachers,” Cheshier said. They were mentors.”
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