JAY — The sixth annual Hope With Every Step 5K Race/Walk and Family Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Taglienti Field, Spruce Mountain High School.

This free community event is held in honor of Josh Brochu, 13, and Brooke Brochu, 10, of Jay and Emmy Rowles, 9, of Lewiston who suffer from Ataxia Telangiectasia. A-T is a fatal degenerative rare genetic disease that attacks children, causing progressive loss of muscle control, immune system problems, and a strikingly high rate of cancer, particularly leukemia and lymphoma.

All proceeds will benefit the A-T Children’s Project, a grassroots nonprofit organization which funds biomedical research and clinical centers for A-T.

5K registration begins at 7a.m. Race start time is 8:30 a.m. Medals will be awarded and a $100 Visa gift card will go the top 5K finisher.

Following the 5K, the Family Festival will begin with a kickoff time of 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Highlights include breakfast sandwiches, a lobster roll lunch, a gigantic inflatable obstacle course, multiple bounce houses, free barrel train rides, face painting, touch-a-truck tractor trailers, 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.

Individuals or teams wishing to pre-register, to create a free online fundraising page and for event information, may 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 everyone living with Ataxia Telangiectasia. A-T causes immune system problems and many patients receive blood product treatments to support their immune systems. Appointments can be made at at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

FMI: www.facebook.com/ATmaine, http://atcp.org/Media. 

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