JAY — The fourth annual Hope With Every Step 5K/Fun Day will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at Spruce Mountain High School.

The Brochu and Parker families and friends need your help. Join their fight against A-T on this very special day honoring their children, Josh, Brooke and Emmy.

The day will start with a 5K run with medals and prizes and a kids fun run, followed by multiple bounce houses, inflatable obstacle course, live music from the 80s big hair cover band Hairy Pie, live improv comedy and MCing by Teachers Lounge Mafia, DJ, American Red Cross blood drive, a family walk, live auction, raffles and tie dying.

There will also be tons of food including award winning barbecue pulled pork by Jeff Beard, Memphis barbecue judge; dough boys, cotton candy and more. The Wal-Mart Heart Trailer will be on site with all three kids’ pictures on the trailer.

Admission is free.

Prizes will be given as follows. The top event fundraiser will win a 32-inch LCD flat screen TV. The 5K race winner will win $100 cash. There will be a free gift for the first 75 people who attend the event and raise more than $100. Anyone raising more than $250 will be entered into a drawing for an electronic item.

Register online by Sept. 9 to receive an event T-shirt and free fundraising page.

Josh, Brooke and Emmy have the rare genetic disease Ataxia Telangiectasia. A-T is a multi-system progressive, degenerative disease that affects a startling variety of body systems. Children with A-T experience, among many other things, a lack of muscle control and balance typically confining them to a wheelchair by age 10, lose their ability to write, speech becomes slowed and slurred, even reading becomes impossible as eye movements become difficult to control. Those living with A-T also have weakened immune systems, are predisposed to cancer and life expectancy is roughly one-quarter of the average for the U.S.

To register for the event, set up a free fundraising page, make a donation or become an event sponsor, visit atcp.org/HopeStepMaine.

Bounce house admission is free for all registered children under 15 years old.

Visit facebook.com/ATMaine for more details.

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