Our annual race is a great opportunity to show the support of your business as well as to  do some inexpensive advertising!  We have several sponsorship levels with great benefits for donation!

Our Mission

Join us at our annual memorial race in August!  

Can't join us at the race?  No problem!  There are countless ways to support!  

  • Sgt. Patrick O’Rourke Vision Therapy Scholarships for Hartland Eye Care vision therapy patients in need. Hartland Eye Care helps students who struggle with reading and completing homework through diagnosis and therapy to correct visual processing deficits. They change the lives of these students, allowing them to excel and reach their full potential in school.

When Sgt. Patrick O'Rourke of the West Bloomfield PD gave his life to save another, PayItForward55 was birthed in his honor.  Sgt. O'Rourke was a devoted husband, dad, church member, musician, and all around terrific member of the Fenton and Hartland community.  We use "55" in honor of his badge number and because 55 In police 10 means "I'm okay!"  We now dedicate our energy to passionately advocate for the recognition of all first responders who, like Pat, run into dangerous situations without hesitation to keep the members of our communities safe. We raise funds while recognizing and celebrating these heroes. Paying it forward,  the proceeds are given to area causes to help those in need!  Join us to celebrate and PayItForward55! 

St. John the Evangelist Outreach Ministry

Locally, PayItForward55 is a vocal advocate for the recognition of all first responders, our everyday heroes.  In our advocacy, we raise fund to Pay it Forward to hungry, displaced, and other needy members of our communities.  We give to places Sgt. Patrick O'Rourke cared deeply for!

Pay It Forward

to those in need

We depend on hundreds of volunteers and spectators to make race day the huge celebration that it is!


Join Us

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Join Us

for the 5th annual 
Sgt. Patrick O'Rourke  5.5k Run / Walk!

Sponsor Our Race

Find your inner Hero by helping others

Humanize the Badge

Paying It Forward through these causes


PayItForward55 is a 501c3 nonprofit organization EIN: 81-3808188

​Celebrating First Responders and Paying It Forward to Those in Need