Support local kids

SUPPORTING the families of three sick children, the Fun Run for Local Kids will be held on Sunday, March 30.

Starting the Sale Botanic Gardens, there will be a five kilometre run or walk ($20 entry), 10km run ($30) and a 16.5km run ($40).

The events will begin from 10am.

Registrations on the day begin at 9am, incurring an extra $5 charge.

Race bibs can be collected on Friday, March 28 between 9am and 6pm to avoid a large line-up on the day.

Funds from the Fun Run for Local Kids will go towards the families of three local children.

Three-year-old girl Rylea Johnson was diagnosed with a very aggressive type four nuroblastoma cancer in her stomach 10 days after her third birthday. Her cancer had spread to her spine and then to her limbs.

Rylea and her mother have had to relocated to Melbourne for her to receive surgery, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, radiation and much more.

Rylea is unable to return home for at least 12 months as she is a very high risk patient, with her two brothers and father travelling to Melbourne to visit on weekends.

Six-year-old Xavier Tilley was diagnosed in January with a brain tumour, which after the brain surgery it was discovered to be malignant (cancerous).

This diagnoses has led to Xavier needing more surgery, six weeks of radiation and then 12 months of chemotherapy.

Xavier’s mother, father and baby sister are with him in Melbourne, while family and friends help out with his big sister so she can continue her schooling.

The third child for the fun run is 10-month-old Sonny Millier, who suffered a collapsed lung soon after birth and was diagnosed with Hyaline Membrane Disease, a respiratory syndrome in premature infants.

Sonny experiences several mid-line apnoea episodes where he stops breathing at night.

He requires 24-hour oxygen and wears a monitor that alarms when he stops breathing.

There is no cure for this chronic lung disease.

He has not shown any improvement over time and these issues will continue to impact on him for the long term.

Recent results have shown Sonny’s disease is placing increased strain on his heart. He is currently in the Monash Children’s Hospital for further tests.

Entry forms are available from participating businesses, Sporting Legends and www.sportinglegends.com.au