5K walk/run fundraiser for Austin White slated May 10

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Austin White

A 5K Run/Walk fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 in support of Austin White, a Deer Meadow Primary School student recently diagnosed with a terminal disease.

The Austin White Benefit event is designed to show love and support to Austin and his family, to raise funds for medical and transportation expenses and to promote the awareness of Adrenoleukodystrophy.

The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. May 10 (with registration at 8) at Big Walnut Sports Park on Greencastle's East Side. A rain date of Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. is set.

Sponsors include Putnam County Insurance-Mark Wager Agency and New Beginnings Bible Church.

Early registration fee is $20 if made by April 29. After April 29, and including the day of the race, registration is $25. Registration is $15 for youngsters 12 and under.

Registration forms and information can be picked up Monday through Friday at First Baptist Church (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), Greencastle Christian Nazarene (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) and the office of Putnam County Comprehensive Services (8 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Registration forms and checks can be sent to Heather Huber (720-0471), Kari Schimpf (247-6788) or Melissa Ames (720-0627) at Deer Meadow Primary School.

Organizers Huber, Schimpf and Austin's mother, Stephanie White, were on hand at the recent Park Board meeting get approval for the event, which was unanimously granted.

A tip jar will also be available at Starbucks in Greencastle to benefit Austin White.

Adrenoleukodystrophy is a disorder of peroxisomal fatty acid beta oxidation which results in the accumulation of fatty acids in tissues throughout the body.

Approximately one-third of ALD patients will present with the childhood cerebral form of the disease, which is the most severe form. It is characterized by normal development in early childhood, followed by rapid degeneration to a vegetative state.

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  • God bless the family during such a hard time. This sounds like a great event.

    -- Posted by hoosier22 on Wed, Apr 23, 2014, at 4:05 PM
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