Weston Keeton at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Kari’s Heart Foundation is busy lining up sponsors, runners and bike riders for its 6th annual Karing Fair coming up Aug. 16 at Winged Deer Park.
A benefit for the Johnson City based Kari’s Heart Foundation that assists families with children receiving care at hospitals far from their homes, the day will include a children’s carnival, a metric century bike ride and, for the first time this year, an all new Heart Break Ridge 5K.
Billed as “the hardest 5K you’ll ever run or walk,” the race course will wind up and down and around the park’s grassy lake side festival area and parking fields, over its paved trails to the pavilion and boat launch and through the wooded trails that run over the ridge behind the park’s ball fields.
The $20 5K registration includes a Heart Break Ridge dry fit shirt and a medal for everyone who crosses the finish line. Registration can be completed in advance at www.karisheartfoundation.org or beginning at 8 a.m. on the day of the race.
This year’s Karing Fair will also include the Heart Break 25/60 Cycling Challenge that includes a chance for riders to win either or both a Revel 2 disc brake mountain bike and a Giant Allroad 2 bicycle donated by Randall Jones and Piney Flats Bicycle Shop. The 25- and 60-mile rides will begin at 9:15 a.m. Race day registration will open at 7:45 a.m. or may be completed in advance at register.chronotrack.com.
All proceeds will go to the foundation to help provide financial support, lodging, transportation and other support for local families with children in crisis at hospitals
Kari’s Heart Foundation was a key supporter of the family of Weston Keeton, the 7-year-old Blountville boy who died earlier this year after spending nearly three years at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia awaiting organ donations for a heart and double lung transplant that finally came just before Christmas.
Weston’s mother Julie, who spent those years living near the hospital in Philadelphia, told me recently that without Kari’s Heart, “We wouldn’t have been able to survive these past few years, keep our house and manage to live as a family.”
Julie Keeton, who will be volunteering in this year’s Karing Fair, also said that after much thought, the family would like for anyone interested in donating to help them with Weston’s outstanding medical expense to instead donate to Kari’s Heart. “Our plan is to give back to those who gave so much to him and our family. We will be volunteering for Kari’s Heart on August 16 ... and we want to invite everyone to come out and support such a great cause,” she said.
More information about the foundation and this year’s Karing Fair events is available at the website, at the Kari’s Heat Facebook page or by calling the foundation at 913-1171.
Edie Lowry, founder of Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee has set out to lose 100 pounds over the next year to help both her health and Honor Flight by raising sponsorship donations for every pound she sheds to help the organization send more local World War II veterans on a complimentary tour of the nation’s war memorials.
This week Lowry announced that her cholesterol is dangerously high and her plan is to lose 100 pounds for “not only for me but for our organization.
“I want to live to be 90-plus and still do what I am doing for our veterans,” she said. With help from a trainer and her doctor, Lowry will attempt to lose up to 100 pounds by Aug. 6, 2015. And with help from an attorney, she is also going to put her solicitation of sponsorship donations for Honor Flight for each pound she loses in writing, along with her own vow to donate $100 of her own money for every pound she gains back.
Her request is for those who wish to help to make tax deductible sponsorship donations to Honor Flight NET by mail to P.O. Box 875m, Mountain Home, TN 37684.
To follow Lowry’s weight loss progress in pictures and for regular updates on Honor Flight events visit www.facebook.com/edie.lowry.
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