5K event to be held at Joel Dean Hitt Park to raise awareness of Spina Bifida and raise funds for medical expenses
Greenwood Parks and Recreation board are pleased to announce that they are partnering with Grant’s Cause for a morning of exercise and fun on September 20th, 2014 in support of a one-year-old boy named Grant.
Grant was born last July with Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida is the most common birth defect of the central nervous system. Mother, Kalyn Gillespie (Dial) and baby Grant had undergone a rare in-utero surgery at 25 weeks gestation in hope to greatly reduce the disabling birth defects of the spine. Grant has been fortunate enough to divert fluid from the brain as well as avoid other common effects of the central nervous system. However, currently young Grant has no feeling in feet. Grant sees several therapists and specialists in hopes of increasing his mobility. He also sees a neurologist, ophthalmologist and urologist on a regular basis. As you can imagine, medical bills add up quickly.
Parents, Steve & Kalyn Gillespie, both native Kansas Citians, always thought Kansas City would be home. But after four years of marriage and several deployments as active military, Steve’s job has taken them to Las Cruces, New Mexico. Grant is their third son and the only affected by Spina Bifida. “We love the event that my sister has set up for us. It allows us to see all the family and friends that we miss dearly and we are overwhelmed by the outpour of support,” said Kalyn.
Kalyn’s sister and brother-in-law Courtney & Pat Nussbeck had their first annual event last year at Hitt Park to help raise funds for Grant’s medical expenses and to educate local family and friends of the birth defect. “I feel very passionate about this. As a parent you want the best for your child and when medical bills start to pile up that doesn’t change. I wanted to help my sister’s family and hopefully grow to help other local families,” said Courtney. Courtney started a non-profit organization to help run the annual 5K fundraiser event to raise those much needed funds.
Grant’s Cause Family Day 5K is back this year with Parks & Recreation support. Courtney was so overjoyed by the support of local government, staff, police officials and residents in Greenwood she hopes to return every year.
The family friendly event is sure to be a blast. The 5K race is for runners and walkers, also new this year is a one mile “Walk with Grant” option for participants. Also there are lots of fun things planned for the little ones to include; bounces houses, face painting, park play, kids dash and more. Race starts promptly at 9am.
About Spina Bifida: http://www.spinabifidaassocation.org