The Wesley Chapel Youth Council is sponsoring a Winter Walk 5K on January 24, 2015 at 8 am at Dogwood Park, 121 Lester Davis Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173. Macie McDonald will be singing the National Anthem. Packet pick-up will be at Town Hall on January 22nd and 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Carolina’s Hematology Research Fund, a fund that is part of the Carolina’s HealthCare Foundation. The Hematology Research Fund benefits research into finding cures and/or treatments for various blood diseases. The choice to benefit the Carolina’s Hematology Research Fund was inspired by the story of Jace Quinn, a local child with an extremely rare blood disease.
Jace Quinn is a young child who lives in Wesley Chapel, and since he was only months old has been dependent on blood transfusions in order to live. Jace suffers from a rare, life-threatening blood disease called Congenital A Ring Sideroachrestic Anemia, a disease with only a handful of cases in the entire world. Jace has required blood transfusions almost every month since he was months old, and despite going into remission for almost 2 years, Jace began to suffer once again, and to this day still requires blood transfusions. Because the disease that Jace suffers from is so rare, there is little to no research available in order to cure the disease. Children and adults like Jace will be able to find better cures and treatments for their various diseases with the help of research funds like the Carolina’s Hematology Research Fund, and the benefits of fundraisers such as the Winter Walk/5k.
The race starts at 8 AM.