5th annual Hope With Every Step event is Oct. 4


JAY — The fifth annual Hope With Every Step 5K Race/Walk and family fun day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Taglienti Field, Spruce Mountain High School. The rain date is Oct. 5.

The annual event is held in honor of Josh Brochu, 12, and Brooke Brochu, 9, of Jay and Emmy Rowles, 8, of Lewiston, who have been diagnosed with ataxia telangiectasia, a rare, genetic disease that affects children.

The goal of the event is to help raise awareness and funds for medical research towards life-improving therapies and a cure. Ataxia telangiectasia is a neuro-degenerative disease that affects many body systems including the brain, lungs and immune system. See more at atcp.org. A-T combines the worst symptoms of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, immune deficiencies and cancer. All proceeds from the event will go to the A-T Children’s Project, a nonprofit organization which funds biomedical research and clinical centers for A-T.

The 5K registration begins at 7 a.m. The ’80s themed race start time is 8:30 a.m. Medals and prizes will be awarded to the top 5K finishers.

Following the 5K race, the Family Fun Day will begin at 10 a.m. Highlights include a lobster lunch, a gigantic inflatable obstacle course, multiple bounce houses, barrel train rides, face painting, the Walmart touch-a-truck tractor trailer, kids games and more. Bracelets for unlimited use of the bounce house and obstacle course will be available for $5. There will also be plenty of food available on site for the daylong event. The one-mile Hope Walk begins at 10:15 a.m. on the high school track.

The top individual fundraiser will be awarded an HP Slate7 HD tablet.

Individuals or teams wishing to preregister for the event, create a free online fundraising page and for event information, visit www.atcp.org/HopeStepMaine. Registration will also be available the day of the event.

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the event in honor of Brooke Brochu. A-T has greatly affected her immune system and she receives weekly blood product treatments to support her immune system. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment.

For updates on event information, visit facebook.com/ATmaine.