Genevaâ€”The DayOneNetwork will hold its annual 5k Run and Family Walk at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles on Sunday, Sept. 12.
This year’s event is titled â€œGoing the Extra Mile â€¦ Just Because.â€ In an effort to raise awareness and funds for people with developmental delays and disabilities and bring DayOne families closer together, DayOne will have a 5k race starting at 8 a.m., a family 1.5-mile walk starting at 9:30 a.m., and games, moonwalks and activities for kids all morning.
This year, DayOne is featuring one of its ownâ€”Brad Torrence. Brad was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth. Through the help of DayOne, Brad’s family has secured home-based funding and is hoping to receive ISSA services. Brad also volunteers at DayOne and will be heading up a scanning and shredding project in the fall. This project was funded by Gordon Flesch and the Kane County Riverboat Foundation.
The Run for DayOne is for people just like Brad who have benefited from DayOne’s efforts to provide services and opportunities to enrich their lives. Participants can register online at www.dayone2010.dojiggy.com and create their own fundraising web page. Each participant has the ability to raise additional funds for their team, where friends and family members can donate online from their webpage.
DayOne hopes that each participant can raise $250 to reach the event goal. Thanks to sponsors such as North Central Labor Council, Feece Oil, and Stumm Insurance, Dick Ponds Athletics, Dicks Sporting Goods, and New Balance Geneva, DayOne expects a couple of hundred people to participate.
Each participant will receive goodie bags filled with coupons, freebies and a T-shirt from Aurora’s Arch Printing. Vendors who specialize in helping families with special needs will have booths to showcase their services. These businesses include Hanger Prosthetics, Fruitful Yield and Kim’s Blackbelt Academy. Moon jumps and SeeMore the Safety Eagle will also come and entertain the children.
After medals and awards are presented to the winners, participants and families can enjoy Kuiper’s apples, Panera bagels and General Mills granola bars. The River 95.9 will announce the event and play music.
DayOneNetwork is a nonprofit, community-based agency located in Geneva providing service coordination and advocacy services to children and adults with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families. Persons residing in Kane and Kendall counties, as well as Township of Cook County, are eligible for services at no cost to the individual.
For more information about DayOne services, call (630) 879-2277 or visit www.dayonenetwork.org.