Lantana will host a 5K run and 1 mile walk on September 25th to benefit the Hyrocephalus Research Fund.
The Run Lantana event will begin and end at Blanton Elementary School on Stacee Lane in Lantana and will wind through the master-planned community.
“We are very excited to hold our first 5K event in Lantana and help bring more attention to a serious disease that affects the children of one of our families,” said Bruce Crawford, Lantana Community Manager.
The Hydrocephalus Research Fund was created last year by Lantana residents Reina and Corby Bell in an effort to raise awareness and provide funds to discover the causes and provide better treatments of the neurological condition that affects two of their three children.
Often dubbed, “water on the brain,” Hydrocephalus is an ailment in which spinal fluids that normally flow through the brain to other parts of the body never drain down, thus causing massive swelling of the head.
“With brain surgery – often many brain surgeries – some children will become very normal. Some will die, and some will develop mental abnormalities, such as inability to walk or talk,” said Reina Bell.
“These surgeries have only a 50 percent success rate. Some kids will need multiple surgeries. If you have enough of them, odds increase that something can go wrong.”
The National Hydrocephalus Foundation reports that one in every 500 children born is afflicted with the disease – which makes Hydrocephalus as common as Down’s syndrome and Juvenile Diabetes – and another 6,000 children fall victim to it during their first two years of life.
The Run Lantana 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk will start at 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 25th at Blanton Elementary, with check-in beginning at 6:30 a.m.
Early registration is $25 per person, $15 for children 12 & under, and $75 for a family up to 4 people. The first 500 participants will receive a free souvenir bag and a t-shirt. Awards and festivities will be held following the race.
To register online or download a registration form, visit www.runlantana.com.
For more information, call Sports Location Marketing at 866-975-7776.
Pictured above: Jace and Alina Bell of Lantana were born with a serious neurological condition called Hydrocephalus. Photo by Bill Castleman.