The non-profit organization Ireland’s Dream is hosting its first 5k run/walk Sept. 17 at Jack Abernathy Park in Davidson, Mich., to benefit children with cerebral palsy.
According to a press release, the event will include the exclusive Cerebral Palsy Swagger – a friendly short race that invites everyone including those living with cerebral palsy to participate via stroller, walking, running, wagon, gait trainer, wheelchair, crutches, or carried on the shoulders of superhero parents or other caregivers. The Swagger is free but registration is required. Participants should arrive early. Line up for the event will take place at 8:30 a.m.
Participants can also register for a 5K race here.
Ireland’s Dream event includes bubbles, first, second and third place prizes, and even an award for the best pajamas – everyone is welcome to join in the fun wearing their best dreamland attire. Singing, laughter, and any other fun and happy action that gets folks over the finish line is encouraged.
Cerebral palsy is a devastating physical movement disorder caused by a lack of oxygen during birth that leads to hypoxic brain injuries. The condition can cause lifelong physical impairments. Children with the condition often must use arm crutches, walkers or wheelchairs, and helpful assistance from caregivers. Ireland’s Dream works to provide children with cerebral palsy access to non-conventional medical treatments that might improve their wellbeing and quality of life.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that some non-conventional therapies may help repair original brain injuries and improve movement – but are not covered by insurance companies which make them unattainable for a large population of the children. Ireland’s Dream wants to provide means for those services if the families of the children can qualify for financial help.
Every year, an estimated 8,000 – 10,000 babies are born with cerebral palsy. In the United States alone, more than 250,000 are believed to currently have the condition.